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Introducation

I am passionate about  physical and health literacy.  I truly enjoy teaching and offering students unique challenges and experiences within my lessons.  It is my goal that every student  entering my class participates and discovers their potential.

Work experience

Aug 1999Present

Physical Education Teacher

Aurora City School District
  • Grade 1-2 Physical Education Instructor: Design, create and implement age appropriate physical activities for young children.  All lessons reflected best practices in physical education and are  linked to Ohio standards and benchmarks.  Provide lessons in health education related to safety, nutrition and its link to physical activity.  
  • Grade 7 Physical Education Instructor: Temporary physical education instructor at Harmon Middle School 2006-2007
  • District Physical Education Department Chair: Provided instructional leadership to the department in implementing the adopted Course of Study.  Worked cooperatively with the community, administration, teachers, and students to successfully fulfill district and departmental goals and objectives.
  • Family Fitness Coordinator: Created and implemented physical activity challenges for students and their families.  All sessions were held before school and included snack and social time at the end of every session.  
  • District Wellness Committee Member: Discuss, create and motivate district to better health through innovative programs, reward systems and family initiatives. Lead by the district superintendent, members provide health and wellness leadership and support within the departments and at the building level.
  • Gross Motor Assessments and Evaluations.  Provide intervention and special education staff with gross motor evaluations  for the development of individual educational plans.
Aug 1997Jul 1999

Physical Education Teacher

Cleveland Municipal School District

Grade 6-7 Physical Education Instructor: Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School

Responsible for the creation and implementation of quality daily lesson plans for students in grades 6-8.  Was committed to helping urban students succeed. Students represented a variety of socioeconomic levels,  and both racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Related duties:

  • Supervising student lunch
  • Supervising student  recreation

Supplemental activities included:

  • Boys Assistant Track Coach
  • Boys Assistant Soccer Coach
19961997

Teaching Assistant

Beech Hill Elementary School

Special Education Teaching Assistant -Upper Elementary. Assisted in the education of mild to moderate disabled students.  Worked one on one with students in the areas of math, reading and functional skills.

19951996

Part Time Physical Education Teacher

Aurora City Schools/Cleveland Catholic Schools

Planned and implemented quality physical education lessons for students in grades 3-4 for the Aurora City School District and grades K-8 for students at Corpus Christi Catholic School, Cleveland Ohio.  Provided parents with an end of the year recital, highlighting student growth and development through physical education at Corpus Christi.

19911994

Substitute Registered Service Assisstant

Portage Industries

Responsible for facilitating and supporting the daily activities of individuals with developmental disabilities who have challenging behaviors. Assists full-time Registered Service and/or Certified staff in completing all daily requirements regarding the individuals assigned. Provides support and assistance with regard to all aspects of the daily routine of developmentally disabled individuals including, vocational, social, recreational and behavioral. Develops and utilizes a working knowledge of needs, preferences, specific program plans and personal characteristics of individuals assigned. Provides physical assistance and support when needed. Keeps records and progress notes in accordance with PCBDD and individualized requirements.

19881990

Residential Service Assistant 

Hattie Larlham Center for Children With Disabilites

 Provided daily care of residents with developmental disabilities including medical, social and recreational services.

Education

8/11/20168/13/2016

PATH Intl. Registered Workshop

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
  1. Explored the role of the Therapeutic Riding Instructor
  2. Analyzed riding videos with emphasis on posture and alignment
  3. Developed detailed lesson plans including goal, objectives, and progressions
  4. Distinguished between riding skills and riding activities
  5. Explored a variety of tack and equipment
  6. Appraised riders through intake assessments
  7. Compared horses and riders through movement analysis
  8. Examined and distinguished between a variety of disabilities and possible contraindications related to therapeutic riding
Aug 2014May 2015

Adapted Physical Education Endorsment

Kent State University
  1. Methods and best practices in adapted physical education to provide safe, appropriate, and individualized accommodations to students with disabilities
  2. Conceptual bases for assessment and individual task analysis
  3. Criterion based assessments 
  4. IEP development and inclusive education for students in grades PK-12.

Educational Leadership

  • District Wellness Team Leader/Member 2013-Current:  Work cooperatively to enhance the health and wellness of the entire district.  Scheduling fitness and educational classes, evaluating district needs and proving information to staff are some of the responsibilities of a team leader.
  • Kent State University Clinical Faculty Member 2006-Current:  Work collaboratively with Kent State University faculty on workshops, presentations, and also provide valuable field experiences for teacher candidates.  Acted as both a public and professional consultant for the Physical Education Department  for the purpose of hiring a new tenure faculty member with in the KSU program.
  • OAHPERD Memeber, Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 1996- Current: Created and presented best practices in physical education alone and in collaboration with teaching peers.
  • PE in a Flash Member: We are a group of Physical Education teachers that work closely with Kent State University in providing ideas to other Physical Education teachers in Northeast Ohio area. Our goal is to share ideas with as many Physical Education teachers as possible. http://peinaflash.weebly.com/ 
  • Aurora Physical Education Department Chair 2000-2013: Provided instructional leadership to the department in implementing the adopted Course of Study.  Worked cooperatively with the community, administration, teachers, and students to successfully fulfill district and departmental goals and objectives.
  • North East Ohio Education Association Workshop Host/Presenter 
    • 2006: "Moving" Into School Wellness Policy and Practice Presented this workshop at the STATE level as well as Local level
    • 2007: Survival Strategies for Inclusion: Autism and Beyond
    • 2008: Don't Sweat the Standards: Elementary and Secondary Health, Wellness, and Nutrition Standards in Physical Education and the Classroom
    • 2009: PE Tricks I
    • 2010: PE Tricks II
    • 2011: Game On: Games and Activities That Correlate to the Standards.
    • 2013: iPE: From Hardware to Software.  How to Use Technology in PE.
  • Wellness Policy Committee 2005: Worked cooperatively and collaboratively with the district and community to establish wellness guidelines and procedures related to foods and beverages, communication with parents about food offerings, evaluating the need for a breakfast program, consider meal time schedules, nutritional values and sales of vending foods and beverages.
  • Presentations
    • Can't We All Just Play (Nice) 2017 -Aurora City Schools
    • Kent State Adapted Physical Endorsement 2015 -OAHPERD
    • Adapted Physical Education 2012 -Constellation Schools Outreach Academy 
    • Negative Spaces/Positive Outcomes PE in A Box 2011 -OAHPERD
  • Funding and Grants
    • American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart $300-$500 average/year since 1999
    • Aurora Schools Foundation $4000
    • United Way Mini Grant $200
    • Aurora Schools PTO Grant $500
    • Action for Healthy Kids Grant $2500

Certifications

May 1996Jun 2019

Physical Education

Ohio Department Of Education
K-12 Physical Education
Jan 2015Jun 2019

Health Education

Ohio Department of Education
PK-12 Health Education
May 2015Jun 2019

Adapted Physical Education

Ohio Department of Education
PK-12 Adapted Physical Education Endorsment

Projects & Initiatives

Family Morning Exercise Group : Facilitated morning fitness activities for students and their families.  Activities included running, jumping rope, climbing challenges, dance, balance and games.  At the end of every class, students and their families enjoyed breakfast and social time together before entering class. Currently Unavailable

Fruit and Vegetable of the Month Club: Students learn about one fruit and one vegetable each month.  Fun and unusual facts are discussed and recipes are shared.  Students are encouraged to try the new fruit or vegetable and to bring in a picture of themselves preparing it.  

Family P.A.L. Pack Program: A program that invites students and their families to try activities taught in class.  The P.A.L. Pack is rich in physical and health literacy, linking activities to state standards and promoting healthy lifestyle changes.  Their are a variety of themes including, Retro Games, Family Fitness, Balls-Balls-Balls, Jump Rope and More.  

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