Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2008 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Stephanie Canada-Phillips is an instructor of Physical Education Teacher Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is also the Physical Education Teacher Education program coordinator. Prior to coming to UCO, Canada-Phillips spent time working as a college basketball assistant coach and as an elementary physical education teacher. In her time as an elementary physical education teacher in Shawnee, OK she was named the 2008 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Following her year as OKTOY, she worked in Washington, DC at the US Department of Education as a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow where she spent time as a teacher focusing on federal education policy. Upon return to Oklahoma she began work on her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma in Instructional Leadership in Academic Curriculum and is currently finishing her dissertation. Canada-Phillips is also activity involved in both national and state professional organizations. She is a past-president of the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, a current president of the Oklahoma Chapter of National and State Teachers of the Year, and a national Physical Activity Leader (PAL) trainer for the Society of Health and Physical Education of America. Canada-Phillips served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Physical Education Standards Revision Committee in 2011. She served as the Chair of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education Standards Committee and is currently working with the curriculum framework committee developing curriculum for new physical education standards in Oklahoma.
Achievements: Stephanie was the 2008 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and Ambassador of Education to the state of Oklahoma. She is also National Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education.
Leadership Experience: As a teacher in Shawnee, Canada-Phillips worked to grow her physical education program to enhance, transform and impact her students, school and community. Eventually they had transformed the culture of their school to incorporate wellness and healthy lifestyles into the every aspect of the school day. During this time Stephanie had many opportunities to interface with the city and community on projects programs to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through active lifestyles. Her efforts as a P.E teacher transcended the walls of the physical education classroom and change the lives of her students and their families. One of the dreams for her school was to have a walking track built on the playground and that was realized before she left public school teaching. The track is now appreciated by the school and entire community.
Affiliations: SHAPE America, SHAPE America Southern District, National and State Teacher of the Year Program
Education: Canada earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and her Master’s Degree in Education and Secondary Physical Education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Physical education
- Teacher Leadership
- Teacher Education