About the Teacher
We are off to a great year in the Panther Gym! I am proud to be a teacher at University Park Elementary. This is going to be my 21st year teaching at University Park! The first nine years I taught 3rd Grade and have taught Physical Education the last 12 years.
I grew up in the Park Cities and attended University Park Elementary, McCulloch Middle School, and graduated from Highland Park High School. I went on to continue my education at the Universtiy of North Texas. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and my Masters in Elementary Education Reading. Go Mean Green!
I am married to Marcie, have three wonderful children: Ben - 18 years old, Emma- 15 years old, and Matthew-11 years old, one lazy Bassett Hound named Penelope, a fun-loving lab-mix named Scout, and my Granddog, a Dachshund, named Peggy. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, working on my Honey-Do List, watching sports (Go Mavs!!!), fishing, and spending time outdoors.
I am looking forward to a fun-filled, active, and productive year!
UP PE Philosophy
Physical Education is a vital part of each child's school day because it is both physical and educational. We believe it is an integral part of a strong academic program and addresses our focus on the whole child. Through movement, students become physically fit, demonstrate skill in a variety of activities, build character, gain confidence, and develop a healthy lifestyle.
The UP Physical Education Department is staffed by two specialists certified in Physical Education. In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provides the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity and access to a physically fit lifestyle. Students also learn the relationship between developing a physically active lifestyle and their personal health.
The PE Curriculum at University Park is interactive, involving movement, games, gymnastics, and units of sports skills that are appropriately sequenced to each student's maturity and ability. The PE/Wellness instructors at UP utilize the gymnasium and campus grounds to deliver instruction to all students, K-4.