DOWNERS GROVE – Lester Elementary School physical education teacher Pat Brown won the National PTA Life Achievement Award this month – the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization.
“This award is given to someone who goes above and beyond for all children, and acts as a tireless advocate for children’s education, health and well-being," Lester PTA President Ann Cummins said in a news release. "No one embodies that more than Pat Brown."
Brown has taught for nearly 30 years, 26 of those at Lester School. She has brought innovative physical education instruction to the district, instituting “Movin’ in the Morning,” a before-school activity based program; “Motor Club,” an after-school program for first-graders; and an after-school intramural volleyball program for sixth-graders that culminates with a game against the staff.
Through her commitment to the Jump Rope for Heart charity, Lester has raised more than $156,000 for the American Heart Association and remains the only school to devote a weekend day to the program.
As part of the award, Brown received a certificate of recognition as well as a 10-karat gold lapel pin. She was joined at the event by her husband, as well as her daughter Amy Freitag, who is a third-grade teacher at Lester.