Who was Ethel Encke?

Ethel Encke was probably the most prominent female in PSAHPERD’s history from the early 1930’s to her death in February 1975.

Ethel spent her entire career in teaching, coaching and administering Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the Radnor School District. In the 30’s and 40’s most community recreation programs were under of the School District’s in PA.

Ethel was a life member of PSAHPER, serving it for 40 years, in many capacities from committee member to being one of our first female President’s in 1957. In 1954 she received the Professional Honor Award, then in 1968 she was the recipient of the Elmer B. Cottrell Award. In December 1974, was appointed as our first Executive Secretary.

Tragically, in February 1975 she had heart attack and died at her front door. The first Encke Award was given in 1976.

Congratulations to the 2015 Ethel Encke Award winner:


Dr. Kimberley A. Razzano is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Health Studies at East Stroudsburg University, where she has initiated her career in higher education in 2003. She received her B.S. from Springfield College in School Health Education, her Masters of Public Health from East Stroudsburg University, and her PhD in Human Development/Health Promotion from Marywood University. Her previous teaching experience was at the middle and high school level in health education with a focus in curriculum development until she joined the faculty at ESU full time. Her responsibilities include serving as department chair, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in pedagogy in Health Education and public health, supervising student teachers, the development of a new Masters in Health Education online graduate program, and service to the university. She also created the Health component of the Professional Development School along with her colleagues, and oversees the school health program. Dr. Razzano was named PSAHPERD’s 1998 K-12 Health Education Teacher of the Year, 2007 Teacher of the Year in Health at the University level. She was also recognized as AAHPERD Eastern District’s Outstanding Professional for 1999, in 2009 received PSAHPERD’s Professional Honor Award and in 2010 she received Outstanding Professor in Health from Eastern District of SHAPE America. She has served on the Executive board since 1993as the hospitality chair, research chair, Vice-President for Health in 2000 and 2009, sponsorship chair and then president in 2012. Dr. Razzano has spent a lot her time traveling to schools in Pennsylvania assisting schools in writing standard based units of instruction in health education as well as program assessment and rubric development and in sexuality education where she has done most of her research. She has presented over 75 presentations at the state, regional and national level.

Service is a passion of Kim’s but she likes to do things at a grandiose level. Her most memorable area of service was during her presidential year for PSAHPERD in 2012. The Capital to Capitol ONE Ride which was a 153 mile cycle trip from Harrisburg PA to our nation’s Capital. The goal of this project was to raise awareness and money toward the prevention of childhood obesity and increased physical activity among the k-12 population. The project was so successful that it was again implemented in 2013. Between both rides, over 100 people were involved as riders, support staff, and volunteers. This project was a huge commitment for all involved as it challenged, your body, mind and spirit. Between both rides over 10,000 dollars was raised and is now being used for schools and community agencies to apply for grants to implement physical activity and healthy eating programs toward obesity prevention. This could never have been obtained without all the support from those involved especially Linda Huber and project director Kelly Boyd. In addition, Kim’s other passion in service is cancer research and animal rescues. This service is combined in her volunteerism at an annual “Fun Dog Show” where she has been described as the goofy outspoken, yet entertaining Emcee. This annual event now in its 11th year is a day to celebrate all dogs and raise money toward cancer prevention.

PSAHPERD is proud to award, Dr. Kimberley Razzano with the Ethel G. Encke Service Award.

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The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc (PSAHPERD) is a non-profit (501 c 3) education association working to promote quality programs and provide professional development in the disciplines it represents. The PSAHPERD  is committed to the continual professional growth and development of its members,  the expansion and application of the knowledge base and pedagogical constructs, and the support of the professions that encourage active healthful lifestyles by all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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