Darin Nolan, health and physical education teacher at Bellingham High School, is the 2017 recipient of the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) School Health Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contribution to school health education in the K-12 setting. To be eligible, nominations must include information that highlights the nominee’s expertise and their impact in the school health field. The nominee must also advocate and promote the health of school-aged children within the school and the community.
“I am honored to receive the American School Health Association Health Educator of the Year award,” said Nolan. “I enjoy teaching health education and it is nice to be recognized for the work I have put into helping my students become health literate.”
Nolan has been teaching for 23 years and is the lead instructor for health education/physical education teacher-led professional development in Bellingham Public Schools. In June 2016, Nolan was honored as the High School Health Educator Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Washington. Last school year, Bellingham High School was among three Bellingham schools to receive the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award.
Bellingham High School principal, Linda Miller, said that Nolan continues to challenge himself and revise his courses to reflect new scientific information, teaching practices and student needs, however, it is his interaction with students that really makes him stand out.
“I continue to be most impressed with the everyday impact that Darin has on our students. He is personable, caring and encouraging,” Miller said. “Each class period he enthusiastically greets students with a smile and launches into a well-organized, highly effective class session.”
Nolan plans to attend the ASHA annual conference in October in St. Louis, Mo. where he will be honored.