Physical Education & Physical Activity Awards

Gloria Siech Award


Ms. Gloria Siech was a physical education teacher from 1967-1998 and our district’s first K-12 Physical Education Content Specialist from 1998-2003. She worked effortlessly to bring physical education to high standards in our San Francisco’s elementary and secondary physical education programs. She pioneered the distinguished elementary physical education program that thrives today, and she initiated a standards-based curriculum guide for a comprehensive and quality physical education program for our secondary schools. Gloria believed in talent and leadership and in a strong physical education program that engaged student learning and success.
The recipient of the award is a leader and exhibits the following attributes in education:

  • Practices a developmental and grade-appropriate instructional program
  • Uses content standards and ongoing assessment to inform instruction
  • Varies instruction to differences in movement and learning abilities
  • Provides students with adequate and specific feedback
  • Plans, develops and delivers meaning instructional content
  • Provides a variety of learning opportunities for student success
  • Reviews curriculum, teaching practices, and assessment tools
  • Guides program assessment to affect meaningful curriculum change
  • Seeks professional development opportunities
  • Contributes to the professional development of colleagues
  • Models professionalism, leadership, and collaboration among colleagues
  • Advocates for the importance of quality physical education in our schools

The Gloria Siech Physical Education Teacher Award recognizes exemplary work by physical educators in the elementary, middle school, and high school divisions. Physical education teachers nominate deserving colleagues, and the Academic and Professional Development Physical Education Department decides on the most outstanding candidates in the elementary and secondary divisions that best represent quality physical education instruction and leadership in SFUSD.

​Recipients are announced and acknowledged at the SFUSD District Wide Professional Development Day at the beginning of each school year. 

If you would like to nominate a teacher, please click on the link below 

Gloria Siech Physical Education Nomination Form 

  2020 Gloria Seich Physical Education Award Recipient

Brenda “ BJ” Richard

“There's two things that I wanted to do when I grow up: one, be a professional tennis player; and two, become a physical education teacher."

Well she realized both her goals. Ms. Richard played professional tennis alongside Billie Jean King, who by the way,  bestowed Ms. Richard’s nickname “ BJ” on her because  they both have that no nonsense spirit. In addition she completed her 19th year of teaching physical education.

 Ms.Richard has been a fixture at  Lawton K-8 School  where she does it all, teacher, athletic director, coach, and does them all well. She takes on every new initiative and instructional strategy with the singular focus of helping each student reach their full potential.

She is the epitome of what author Lisa Delpit calls a "warm demander" a  teacher who  expects great things from their students, convinces them of their own brilliance, and helps them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment. That is Brenda Richard.

"To me, those are my kids. Those are my students but they're still my kids when they're here. It's my responsibility to make sure that they get whatever they need. Then I let 'em go back to their parents on Friday."

"If I had to do it again, it would be the same route because in every chapter of your life there's always a turning page. Either you make it or you don't but it's still a turning page. If I had to do it again, I think it would be the same."


Physical Education Pond Rippler Award

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Previous Gloria Siech Award Recipients

  • Brenda Richards- 2020
  • Rocio Ramirez - 2019
  • Olga Camacho - 2018
  • Leslie Burleson - 2017
  • Sophia Corbett - 2017
  • Terence Doherty - 2016
  • Lenda Butcher- Meyers -2016
  • Brian Chang - 2015
  • Danielle Andreson-  2015
  • Karen Hadley - 2008
  • Wendy Haney - 2007
  • Jeri Jank -2007