Dennis Minnis spent his entire education career in Bullitt County at Maryville Elementary School before moving to North Bullitt High School over the summer.
“My twelve years at Maryville were amazing,” he said. “This is my community. Because of BCPS, I have been made a part of the city of Hillview. I love this county and I am committed to giving my very best each day here.”
The Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) has named Minnis its 2016 Elementary School PE Teacher of the Year. He will be honored Nov. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, KY.
“I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” Minnis said. “I work with so many incredible teachers, students, and support staff. This award is dedicated to the staff of Maryville, the kids that I have worked with, and to the school system as a whole for supporting me in the small things that I am allowed to do.”
He earned a physical education degree from Lee University in 1998 followed by a Master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006.
Minnis began teaching in the fall of 1999 in Sand Mountain, Alabama, and since that time has gone from being an inexperienced teacher to a trainer of teachers.
“I love teaching students, so teaching PE and health is a daily reward for me!” he said. “This is a calling that God has placed upon my life that I am so blessed with.”
One year later, he taught at Taylor Elementary School in Cleveland, TN, revamping their PE program before coming to KY in 2001.
He taught PE in Nelson Co., KY, for three years and coached the Nelson County Cardinals Cross Country Team.
“It was through the lives of my PE teachers in Nelson County that I felt the call to become a physical education specialist,” Minnis recalled. “I watched how they impacted kids’ lives through PE and I decided that I wanted to do the same.”
Bullitt County has been his home since 2004 and Minnis has taught physical education and health at Maryville Elementary School since the spring of 2016. He started Maryville’s first cross country and chess programs with both programs ranked in the Top 10 in Kentucky. Maryville is currently the reigning Quad Chess Champions and ranked 23rd in the United States in the Under 900 Section.
He joined the North Bullitt staff and is teaching freshman boys health, physical education and body building.
“I am looking forward to making a positive impact here at North Bullitt,” he said. “As teachers, we are all gifted in various ways. Together, when we each give our best in our areas of expertise, great things happen.”
One of his focus programs will be Fuel Up To Play 60 which helps build student leaders through the platform of nutrition and fitness.
“I will be recruiting students in grades 9-12 who would like to become student ambassadors for North Bullitt High School,” he said.
What is the favorite sport of this PE teacher? Cross country running.
“I enjoy this sport as it gives each person a great workout when they give their best effort,” Minnis remarked. “I also like the fact that cross country gives quick feedback and fans cannot complain about a bad call by a referee as winning and losing most of the time comes down to who has trained the hardest. Meets are a reward after a series of hard workouts to prepare for the big day!”
The Minnis family is active in their church and he enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball, jogging in the neighborhood, biking, weight training and other full body workouts.