Alumna honored by professional association

November 16, 2009

Linda Kephart, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at McDaniel College, was recently honored with the prestigious William Burdick Award by the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD).

Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Carroll County Public Schools, Kephart was recognized as a pioneer in developing and evaluating quality Health and Physical Education programs and her leadership and commitment to the profession of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

“It is a very nice honor,” said Kephart, expressing her appreciation for the recognition as a leader in her profession.

Friends and colleagues applauded Kephart’s selection. Debbie Buenger, who teaches Health and Physical Education in Carroll County schools, nominated Kephart for the award.

"I represent the 173 Physical Education and Health teachers who admire, and who are inspired by Linda’s ability to connect, communicate and support her teachers each and every day," Buenger said.

Kephart’s first teaching positions began at Friends School in Baltimore, and as a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University. Soon, Linda would secure her first teaching position in Carroll County at Freedom Elementary School. She taught elementary students for the majority of her career before moving to Century High School and then to become the supervisor of Health and Physical Education of Carroll County Public Schools.

She has been a member of MAHPERD for over 30 years, a member-at-large, the vice president of Health, president-elect, and president of MAHPERD in 2006-2007. As the leadership development coordinator, Kephart brought professionals to the table to continue the MAHPERD mission and vision of promoting health and wellness of all citizens of Maryland and provide opportunities designed to advance the profession. She has coached swimming for many years in the Carroll County community and enjoys traveling and going to county high school games to support the athletes.

In addition to a B.S. and M.S. from what was then Western Maryland College, Kephart has an M.A. from The Ohio State University.