NDSHAPE Teacher Of The Year


A Minot State Professor has won an award that recognizes him for his work as a physical education teacher.

“I want every one to come down to the examples I have down here,” said Troy Roness, MSU Professor/Teacher Of The Year.

Troy Roness focuses on inspiring his students.

“I find out what their passions are and I hope that they can translate those into a variety of students when they get out in the field,” said Roness.

He does that by creating a personal connection with each student –

“For you who might be teaching floor hockey or a specific invasion type of activity choose a specific skill you want the student to be assessed on,” said Roness.

He also gets them out of the classroom. He believes that having students moving and thinking on their feet is what will make them better physical educators in the future.

“I think the work that he does is very unique in the fact that he sees physical education as more than just playing sports,” said Riley Gratrix, Physical Education Major.

“I’m encouraging them to be active all the time,” said Roness.

To honor him for the work that’s been done, the North Dakota Society for Health and Physical Educators or NDSHAPE awarded him with the college and university teacher of the year award. Every year an award is given to whoever encourages and provides development and support for health and physical education.

“I’m happy that he won it,” said Gratrix.

“He makes sure that you understand all of the concepts,” said Eduardo Gomez del Casal Rodriguez, Physical Education Major.

“It feels really really good. It was a big surprise but I’m extremely humbled and it makes me want to do better,” said Roness.

Now that he’s an award winning teacher – he says that he’s feeling the pressure to do even more for his students – but he’s adds that it’s a challenge he is ready to tackle.

Roness will honored at the state’s conference in Bismarck on September 24th.

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