Physical Education Department

Best in state; Shawsheen's Tiller earns Physical Education Teacher of the Year Honors

By Tim Lima

Shawsheen Elementary School’s Kevin Tiller has long been regarded as one of the state’s best physical education teachers, but he’ll soon have the hardware to prove it. The Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will present the 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year Award to Tiller at its Honors and Awards Banquet in May. “It’s obviously a great honor,” the 44-year-old Andover resident said. “And to me, it’s all about my kids and trying to be the best teacher I can be for them. Because if I’m not good for them, I’m really good for nobody.”

Tiller’s career as an educator spans 22 years and extends beyond state borders. After spending his early years in Farmington, N.H., he moved south to Massachusetts, joining the Salem public schools, before arriving in Andover in 2003. But after three years, Tiller was let go by the School Department — the result of budget cuts. He returned to New Hampshire for several years before learning that his same position in Andover at Shawsheen School was available again. Knowing he’d still be working with Shawsheen Principal Moira O’Brien and physical education program coordinator Brian McNally, he jumped at the chance to return to town in 2011.

“I said I had to go back,” Tiller said. “I loved it.” It’s proven to be a perfect fit for Tiller, who lives in town with his wife, Leslie, and their son, Cameron, a senior at Andover High School. McNally, who nominated Tiller for the award, told the association, “I don’t believe that I have ever known a more deserving person for this honor than Kevin.”

Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

2003 – Elementary Physical Education Program of the Year
2001 – High School Physical Education Program of the Year