Meet Jodie Leiss


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Hello!  My name is Jodie Leiss.  I am an Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University in the School of Health Science and Wellness.  I graduated from Emporia State University in 2003 with my BSE in Physical Education and 2006 with a MS in Health & Physical Education, and from Kansas State University in 2016 with my Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction.   Prior to teaching at Northwest Missouri State University, I taught at Emporia State University for eight years, and taught elementary physical education for five year.  When I taught elementary physical education, I taught seventeen to twenty 20-minute physical education classes a day depending upon the year. Now I get to teach future health and physical educators.  I am also the physical education curriculum coordinator as well as the NWMSU Physical Education Professionals Club Faculty Advisor. 

I am a past-president of Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) (2010), and past vice-president of Health for Central District Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  I am the current chair of the Initiatives Committee for the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE).   I have presented nationally, regionally, and across the state of Kansas, and Missouri for SHAPE America, MOSHAPE and KAHPERD as well as my local school district when I taught in public schools.  I have also presented at several American Education Research Association (AERA) conferences.  I have been married for 37 years to Damon –who also teaches at Northwest Missouri State University, and is a past-president of KAHPERD (2013) in the School of Health Science and Wellness.  We have four children, two son-in-loves, and one grandson.  

I wholeheartedly believe that your purpose is where your passion, mission, vocation, and profession unite. A year ago, I started this journey to become the next president of Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE). A fire was ignited inside me, and I felt called to act at that moment. I can only explain it with one word, #GO. I never could have imagined that acting on this one simple word would lead to so much. 

At MOSHAPE 2019, I immediately felt aligned with SHAPE America’s nation wide initiative, health. moves. minds. The focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and development of the whole child is woven through my teaching philosophy. Locking arms with Kristi Bieri and Kyle Salvo in this incentive to help Missouri become the first state to enroll 160 schools in health. moves. minds. was an easy YES. I assisted in planning and organizing #MOTattoo4Sparks, where SHAPE America’s Past President, Jamie Sparks got his first tattoo in Missouri. In February, I was then selected by Kristi Bieri to serve on the Committee. 

When a stay at home order was issued across Missouri due to COVID-19 in March of 2020, our health. moves. minds. committee led MOSHAPE’s #ChalkYourWalk for two days. In 48 hours, this one simple act of spreading kindness reached 44 states, 3 countries, and changed the culture and direction of our association. What we experienced was the basic human need to feel connection and love with each other, in a time when we needed it the most. My word #GO became evidently more clear, as I knew this was the right path. The time to act was now. Since March, I have presented health. moves. minds. webinars through an SEL lens at the state and national level. I have also collaborated with New Jersey’s health. moves. minds. State Coordinator, Michelle Huff, & orchestrated a national movement to empower others through #EducatorEmpowermentWeek. Once again, by this one simple act of spreading kindness and love, we witnessed educators in each state, across the country lift up one another. 

I am a member of MO Healthy Schools weekly strategic planning meetings for #TastyTuesdays & #SpakerSpot. I assist Guy Danhoff in planning MOSHAPE’S #Zagging101, & facilitate the Q&A discussion during live episodes. I was a part of creating the MO Ready Resource via Missouri’s Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). This virtual document equipped educators for re-entry, with lesson plans for all possible platforms. Additionally, I played an intricate role in developing an asynchronous, on-line Middle School HPE curriculum for the Rockwood School District, alongside MOSHAPE’s President Elect, Patrick Fine. This upcoming November, I have been asked to moderate MOSHAPE’s Virtual Live Town Hall, #SHAPEPrezPanel2020: The Impact of Social Media on Advocacy during the COVID-19 Pandemic, with SHAPE America’s Sean Nevills. This session will feature the past two presidents of SHAPE America, Judy LoBiano and Jamie Sparks, current President Brett Fuller, and President-Elect Terri Drain. It will be facilitated by MOSHAPE’s Social Media Digital Marketing Manager, Guy Danhoff and MOSHAPE’s Executive Director, Tom Loughrey.

If COVID has taught us anything, it is that we can no longer sit on the sidelines. The time is now. We are shifting again in a big way, and we must continue to advocate daily for our HPE profession, as it is the cornerstone of education. We have to keep moving the mountain and redefine the way people view Health and Physical Education. I feel called to do that. For the past 8 months, I’ve been in the middle of this momentum, and we need people to lead who have endured through all of this. I am that person, and I am ready to be your next MOSHAPE President. We are just getting started. Let’s #GO forward together!