Mrachek Teacher Named New SHAPE America Central District President

Clayton EllisSubmitted by Paula Keyes Kun
SHAPE America

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) recently announced that Clayton Ellis, a Mrachek Middle School health and physical education teacher, is the new SHAPE America Central District president. His one-year term started on March 17.

As Central District president, Ellis will provide leadership in conducting the business, programs and activities for the nine-state district, which includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Ellis has been with Aurora Public Schools for the past 17 years, teaching health and physical education at both the middle school and high school levels. He also has extensive experience coaching football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and swimming. He began his career 32 years ago in Houston, TX, teaching at the elementary school level.

A past president of SHAPE Colorado (formerly COAHPERD), Ellis has also served as the SHAPE America Nominations Committee chair and is currently past president of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. He has participated with Physical Best and served on the PE Metrics Task Force and President’s Youth Fitness Program Professional Development Task Force. He is also a champion trainer and a Let's Move! Active Schools physical activity leader trainer. Ellis is one of only seven individuals to have participated in all of SHAPE America’s SPEAK Out! Day advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

In 2009, Ellis was named COAHPERD High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and in 2010, he was named both Central District and National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He also received the 2010 Aurora Sentinel Newspaper - Best Teacher Award, 2013 AAHPERD (now SHAPE America) Honor Award, 2014 SHAPE Colorado Honor Award, 2014 and 2015 SHAPE Colorado Presidential Citation Award, and the 2015 SHAPE America Central District Honor Award.

About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to empower all children to lead healthy and active lives through health and physical education programs. For more information, visit