In June, three educators from Athlos schools throughout the United States were chosen as recipients of the Athlos Distinguished Educator Award. Each of the three were chosen based on their excellence in exemplifying the Athlos Pillars of Performance: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character. The three educators are: James Bentz, Athlos Academy of Utah, Herriman, UT; Anthony Spano, Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish, Terrytown, LA; and Eunice Gyamerah, Athlos Academy of St. Cloud, St. Cloud, MN.
Spano, who teaches fifth grade social studies, is a 32-year teaching veteran known for his extracurricular involvement and award-winning student clubs and athletic teams. Most recently, the Triton Sharks, a robotics team, finished in the top ten among First Lego League Robotics competitions. As part of the robotics team, Athlos students apply Performance Character Traits such as grit, creativity, and social intelligence.
Cheryl Martin, principal at Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish, said, “Although Mr. Spano is new to the public-school setting, he never lowered his expectations or placed any restrictions on student abilities. He has found a way to engage students in history and current events. Students are eager to participate in classroom discussions.”
Athlos Academies is a social venture providing a new and unique approach to teaching and learning. Its mission is to provide high-quality educational opportunities for the whole child built on the three foundational pillars: Prepared Mind, Healthy Body, and Performance Character. Students participate in four scientifically developed physical activity sessions each week, Performance Character is integrated into the culture of the school, and high academic achievement is an expectation for all students.