Lake Highlands High School’s Denise Coats was named Health Educator of the Year at last week’s state convention of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD). The non-profit organization serves students, teachers and other professions interested in promoting healthy lifestyles.

“Denise Coats is one of the most dedicated Health teachers in RISD and the state,” said Katha Black, founder of the Wildcat Wranglers and now owner of Katha Black Entertainment, who attended the award dinner Friday night in downtown Dallas. “She devotes herself to the success of her students.”

Coats served as the Wildcat girls’ gymnastics coach for many seasons, and she continued teaching health after retiring from the team in 2008. She’s been teaching 37 years.

“Katha is a national and international gymnastics judge, traveling during the summers and on weekends to gymnastics meets. I am so very proud of her.”

Next, Coats’ name will be submitted to compete at the district level with health educators from thirteen southern states. A national winner will be chosen in April.

Congratulations to LH’s Denise Coats, Texas Health Educator of the Year!