I wish you could have been part of the incredible experience that I had yesterday…
First, a little background: I taught at Sherburne-Earlville for 10 years, but that was 17 years ago, so to park in the parking lot and walk in with the faculty was certainly a nostalgic beginning to the day.
Josh Lewis and I were visiting the school at the invitation of physical education teacher, Mary Thomas and elementary principal, Toni Halliday. They were hosting three physical education teachers and the athletic director from Whitesboro Central School. These educators came to see the Fit Kids Fit Future curricula in action for themselves. I was beyond excited to see what they had in store for us.
Let me back up. Toni Halliday is a dedicated, progressive and caring administrator. She is also my client at Garage Gym. I have had the pleasure of working with Toni and watching her work through the pain of Lyme disease and personal struggles with incredible determination and resolve.
Mary Thomas is one of my best friends. She also happens to be—in my opinion (an opinion I share with many others)—one of the finest physical education teachers EVER. Her professionalism and caring for her students and her peers – well, she is a role-model for us all.
Lynda Stoddard, Michelle Parker, Jeff Barry, Christina Layman, Melanie May, Chet Dennison, Jeff Beaver and Mary Thomas did not NEED a curriculum re-vamp. They have been doing great things to help children’s health and fitness for many, many years.
Maybe that’s part of the reason why I was thrilled when they signed up for our Professional Development at OHM BOCES. To share our Fit Kids ideas with outstanding former colleagues was an incredible honor.
As we watched teachers incorporate warm-ups we designed in four different ways – (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12)…as we watched adventure games and leadership activities…as we watched Toni’s EVERY TWENTY MINUTE MOVEMENT BREAKS – with kids coordinating their brains and their bodies, it became more evident by the minute that we were visiting a very special school. How fortunate the children of this district are.
We look forward to hosting Whitesboro Central School District (yet another group of dedicated professionals), Oriskany Central School District, Westmoreland Central School and Holland Patent Central School District at our next professional development on March 17th. There are still some seats left. We believe we can add to the great things great teachers are already doing; Sherburne-Earlville was proof of that.