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Arizona

Jennifer Houston
Jennifer Houston
Location: Mesa, AZ (Mesa Public Schools)
Grade Levels: Adapted PE, K-12 PE and college PE Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Taught K-12 physical education for 12 years, including 5 years in adapted physical education. Earned NBCT in 2006. After earning PhD in curriculum and instruction in physical education in 2014 from Arizona State University (ASU), taught higher ed PETE and other kinesiology courses for six years at ASU, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Northern Arizona University (NAU). Currently working as an adapted physical education specialist, preK-12, for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. Have presented at SHAPE, Southwest district as well as our AZHPE state organization several years in a row.
Presentation Highlights:

  • SHAPE, St. Louis - presented "What are your students really learning", which addressed appropriate and purposeful assessment in physical education.
  • National APE Conference, Burlingame, CA - presented on writing appropriate goals for students with severe multiple disabilities (SMD)
  • AZHPE (formerly AAHPERD) -presented a lecture/activity session on successfully implementing Sport education into a physical education program.
  • AZHPE - presented a lecture/activity session on implementing TGfU into secondary physical education


Keynote Presentation Topics:

  • The importance of assessment, as well as appropriate assessments in physical education; Updating your physical education program - teaching physical education in this day and age is NOT the same as it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. As physical education teachers we must have the ability to remain relevant (NOT teaching as we were taught by old school 'ball rollers'.
  • The importance of using standards (SHAPE and state) to guide your curriculum and student learning outcomes


Presentation Topics (expanded presentation descriptions):

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Secondary physical education methods
  • Purposeful introductory games for K-12
  • Technology in physical education
  • Implementing IEP goals into GPE
  • Health club model for secondary physical education
  • Student created portfolios for student learning documentation
  • TGFU
  • And More...!

California

Michele Silence
Michele Silence
Location: Monrovia, CA (KID FIT)
Grade Levels: PreK-K Physical Activities and PE
Teaching Experience: 30+ Years fitness professional and educator
Presentation Experience: 25 Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Michele Silence, M.A. is a 30-year fitness professional, trainer, educator, studio owner and freelance writer serving as an advisory board member for P.E. Central. Her articles have appeared in Fitness Management, The IDEA Journal, The DietChannel.com and numerous Op-Ed news columns. She is the President and CEO of Aerobic Fitness Consultants, and the creator of KID-FIT, physical education classes for preschoolers. KID-FIT has been piloted nationwide, featured in the L.A. Times, and is currently taught around the world.
Presentation Highlights:

President and CEO of Aerobic Fitness Consultants, Inc. Presented at 10 national conferences: American Academy of Pediatrics (2006), American College of Sports Medicine (2007), National Association for the Education of Young Children (2010), International Health Racquet and Sportclub Association (2005), American Heart Association (2007), American Montessori Society (2008), Society of Health And Physical Education (2007 - AAPHERD), etc. These were all on the topic of preschool health and fitness and talked about the research on young children, why it's important to start young and provided sample activities.


Presentation Topics (sample presentation outline):

  • Preschool fitness and health
  • Teaching young children healthy lifestyle habits of fitness and nutrition from day one.
  • And More...!


Florida

Cathy Smith
Dave Senecal
Location: Mary Esther, FL (Retired)
Grade Levels: Elementary/Middle/High School and Adapted PE
Presentation Details: Presentation Workshop Topics with descriptions (PDF)
Willing to present locally, all over the USA and the World. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Cathy L. Smith has been a teacher since 1975 until 2015. She taught middle and high school regular PE in Los Angeles City Schools then started teaching Adapted PE in 1982 until 1988. She move to Colorado where she taught for Denver Public Schools as the districts Special Olympics Coordinator and Adapted PE. She was the adapted PE teacher of the year for the state of Georgia 2000 to 2003 and runs the website adaptedPE.net. In 2000 she moved to Georgia where she taught Adapted PE for 10 years and regular Elementary PE for 5 years. She has presented at the National Adapted PE Conference for over 10 years. She as also presented at GAHPERD, AAHPERD, and Southern District AAHPERD conferences. Cathy was the Southern District AAHPERD Adapted PE chairperson in 2003 and the Georgia AAHPERD chairperson in 2013-15. She is currently CAPE certified. Cathy is retired but still presents at conferences and works with disabled adults with Guided Tours. Cathy is an avid volleyball player and competes at senior games in Florida and competed at USA Volleyball national 2016 in Orlando, FL. She also plays beach volleyball competitions in Florida. Cathy is also a disabled ski instructor and worked as a volunteer for the National Sports Center for the Disabled from 1988 - 1998. She has also been a ski instructor for the Shining Stars for over 26 years, which is for kids with cancer or life threatening illness, in Aspen, CO.

Presentation Highlights:

  • National Adapted PE Conference - Special Olympics Unified Sports - 1994 Ontario, CA
  • National Adapted PE Conference - Inclusive Rhythm and Dance in your Classroom - 1999 Costa Mesa, CA
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Elementary Workshop - Summer 2004 Adapted PE activities and inclusion ideas for general physical education
  • National Adapted PE Conference - Social Dance, 2010 Monterrey, CA
Presentation Topics:
  • Adapted PE/Inclusion
  • Elementary activities
  • Dance


Georgia

Brent Heidorn
Brent Heidorn
Location: Carrollton, GA (Univ. of West Georgia)
Grade Levels: K-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 15+ years, K-12 physical education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years, Presentation Titles and Abstracts
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Dr. Brent Heidorn is the Associate Dean for Research and Assessment in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. Prior to this appointment, He was the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program where he has served since 2007. He received his doctoral degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina and has been teaching health and physical education content since 1996. He has more than 150 presentations at the national, state, and district levels, including more than 50 professional development workshops. Brent is a national presenter for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), Physical Best, and Implementing the National Standards, all supported by SHAPE America. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and is an annually invited guest presenter for several school districts in Georgia. Brent’s presentation topics primarily include effective instruction in physical education, fitness principles from exercise science, skill development and fitness activities in physical education, and a variety of coaching topics.

Presentation Highlights:

  • Essentials of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) - numerous occasions during the past two years. Nationally sponsored.
  • Invited all-day professional development workshops for health and physical education teachers at several school districts in Georgia since 2007.
  • Numerous national presentations for SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD) since 2007.


Presentation Topics:
  • Best practice in K-12 physical education – effective instruction, curriculum, current research, current trends and issues
  • Skill development in physical education – a variety of content areas
  • Physical activity in physical education – integrating physical activity in PE and classroom based instruction
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAPs)
  • Physical Fitness – fitness games, stations, strength and conditioning for physical education and athletics
  • Exercise Physiology – multiple components; developing fitness from exercise science
  • FitnessGram – all components
  • Coaching and Athletics – philosophy, objectives, communication, motivation, management, planning, training

Brian Mosier
Brian Mosier
Location: Carrollton, GA (Univ. of West Georgia)
Grade Levels: PreK-5 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 15+ years, K-12 physical education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years, Presentation Titles and Abstracts
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Dr. Brian Mosier taught physical education for four years (2001-2005) at public schools in Tallahassee, FL, while earning a master degree in Sport Management. Brian then was an instructor at the Florida State University (2005-2010) while completing his doctoral degree in physical education, and is currently in his seventh year as an associate professor at the University of West Georgia and is the Department Chair of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical Education. His research interests focus on the promotion of physical activity, effective teaching and supervision, and online learning. Brian contributes to the profession by publishing and presenting at the national, state, and local levels. Brian is currently a Master Trainer for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Technology Tips Editor for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, the GDOE Physical Activity/Physical Education Committee, and is the GAHPERD State Fitness Coordinator.

Presentation Highlights:

  • Mosier, B., Cornett, K., Kay, C., & Metzler, M. (October, 2015). Integrating the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Model in Georgia Elementary Schools. Presentation at the PETE/HETE Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Mosier, B., Kay, C., Franks, P., & Cornett, K. (February, 2015). Power Up for 30: Increasing Physical Activity in Georgia Schools. SHAPE America Southern District 2015 Convention. Atlanta, GA.
  • Mosier, B. & Heidorn, B. (April, 2015). Essentials of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Presentation at the SHAPE America Convention. Seattle, WA.


Keynote Topics:
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs


Presentation Topics:
  • Lifelong Fitness
  • Fitness Games
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment
  • Educational Games
  • Educational Gymnastics
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs


Dave Senecal
Dave Senecal
Location: Atlanta, GA (P.B. Ritch Middle School)
Grade Levels: Elementary/Middle
Presenter Profile | Resume | Descriptions of Dave's Presentations
Willing to present locally, all over the USA and the World. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Dave has been a Physical Education teacher in Paulding County, GA since 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Kennesaw State and his Master’s degree in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction from Western Kentucky. He opened Nebo Elementary school where he built a well-respected program and earned Teacher of the Year in 2012. He earned Teacher of Year in 2015 for his innovative program at P.B. Ritch Middle School. Dave also was awarded the prestigious 2015 GAHPERD and Southern District SHAPE America Middle School Teacher of the Year. He has also served as the volunteer elementary and middle physical education professional development coordinator for his district. In 2008, Dave was selected to be on a team of sixteen physical education specialists to write the current Georgia Physical Education Standards. Dave developed the “PEPALOOZA Workshops” and has presented at many local, state and national conventions. He has secured over $40,000 in grants that have led to the purchase of classroom sets of equipment that have allowed many middle school students to experience activities such as rugby, disc golf, longboarding, circus arts, fly fishing, back packing, yoga and mountain biking. Dave also enjoys adding technology to his teaching at every chance he can using many apps that encourage his kids to stay active in the 21st century.

Presentation Topics:

  • Large and Small Group Games
  • Skill Development Games
  • Tactical Games
  • Innovative Dance K-2
  • Innovative Dance 3-8
  • Striking/Fielding Activities
  • Great Tag Games for Cardio and Fitness K-8
  • Technology in Physical Education (Grades K-12)
  • Teacher Keys Effectiveness System and Student Learning Objectives
  • Circus Arts
  • Outdoor Education/Games


Illinois

Scott Ronspies
Scott Ronspies
Location: Charleston, IL (Eastern Illinois Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and College PE Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Presentation Experience: 12 Years
Willing to present locally (1-4 hour drive). Can present in the Fall and Spring.
Bio:
Scott Ronspies is an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies. My research interests include physical activity/fitness promotion and assessment in youth, youth obesity, curricular/instructional models, effective teaching constructs, and academic achievement and fitness. The courses I teach at EIU include Elementary Physical Education Content (KSS 2400), Elementary & Secondary Physical Education Methods (KSS 3400/3401), and Graduate Research Methods (KSS 5000). I received my Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, fishing, and reading.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Assessment in PE: IAHPERD Fall 2015
  • Indiaca: IAHPERD Fall 2014
  • Sleep and BMI: AAHPERD Spring 2011


Presentation Topics (sample presentation outline):

  • Physical Activity/Fitness Assessment & Promotion of Youth
  • Youth Obesity
  • Body Composition
  • Curricular/Instructional Models
  • Academic Achievement/Physical Fitness
  • Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment and learning
  • Teacher Work Samples
  • Appropriate Practices in PE
  • And More...!


Kentucky

Sally Hope
Sally Hope
Location: Bowling Green, KY (Western Kentucky Univ.)
Grade Levels: PreK-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 36+ years, K-12 physical education and College PE
Presentation Experience: 20+ Years, Presentation Titles and Descriptions
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Sally Hope’s motivating, “hands on” presentations are presented with knowledge gained in 30+ years of experience teaching diverse populations and grade levels in a wide variety of teaching situations in states spanning the country from Florida to Wyoming. Her most recent experiences have been as a pedagogy instructor at the university level with stints at the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Purdue University and Western Kentucky University. In 2006, Sally was selected as KAHPERD’s Outstanding University Physical Educator. She has regularly presented at state, regional and national conventions and workshops for over 20 years. She is a Physical Best Instructor, a PYFP Trainer and a PAL Trainer. Her involvement in state professional organizations and SHAPE America has enabled her to stay abreast of current trends in Physical Education, with particular interest in the areas of best practices, assessment and (everyone’s favorite) new activity ideas!

Presentation Highlights:

Sally has presented 75 + state, regional and national convention sessions, workshops, AAHPERD/SHAPE America workshops. Most recent presentations include:

  • Teaching the Concepts of P.L.A.Y using the TPSR Model, SHAPE Convention, 2016
  • Health Related Fitness: Do It Daily, KAHPERD Convention, Fall 2016; SHAPE America Southern District Convention, 2015
  • Health Related Fitness with Physical Best Flair, AAHPERD Convention, 2014; KAHPERD Summer Institute 2014; KAHPERD Convention 2014
  • Deviate, Innovate, and Motivate for the Ultimate Fitness Activities! SDAAHPERD Convention, 2014
  • Implementing Best Practices through Motivating Activities, Constellation Schools, Ohio, 2014


Presentation Topics (See Descriptions):
  • The Best Activity Ideas I Have Learned From Other Physical Education Teachers
  • Best Practices… Don’t Kill the Messenger!
  • Assessment: Valid, Standards Based and Painless
  • Getting Your School Community Moving
  • The Basic Steps to Teaching Physical Education
  • Willing to personalize workshop for school district needs

Maryland

Charles Silberman
Charles Silberman
Location: Laurel, MD (James McHenry Elementary)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE Teaching Experience: 10+ Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 10 Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Charles Silberman is a physical education and health teacher with 14 years of teaching experience. He has become a leader and advocate for incoming physical educators by running workshops on teaching in limited space at staff in-services and conferences, assisting with new teacher orientations, and other initiatives. Moreover, he has experience writing curriculum from scratch and writing published information specific to physical education in state and nationally recognized publications and websites. In addition, he has created a niche as a physical education specialist who fuses technology and primary instructional subjects into physical education lessons.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Participated as a special guest for PE Central in a live web chats on planning a great field day and integrating technology and academics into physical education (Viewed 11,000 times total!)
  • “Making Your Field Day Shine,” Presenter, Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Convention, Towson, MD, October, 2010 (http://www.tinyurl.com/makeitshine)
  • Teaching in Limited Space, Prince George’s County, MD New Physical Education Teachers In-service, January 2009 and March, 2008


Presentation Topics (expanded presentation descriptions):

  • Teaching in Limited Space
  • Field Day
  • Developing and Writing Curriculum
  • Integrating Literacy or Math in PE
  • Integrating Technology in PE
  • And More...!


Massachusettes

Kevin Tiller
Kevin Tiller
Location: Andover, MA (West Elem.)
Grade Levels: PreK-MS Physical Education
Teaching Experience: 21+ Years
Presentation Experience: 16+ Years
Willing to present locally (within 4 hour drive of workshop) and would prefer to do 3 hour presentations. Can present in the summer and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
My name is Kevin Tiller and I am the Physical Education teacher at West Elementary School in Andover, Massachusetts. I have been a Physical Education teacher for 20+ years both in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I graduated from Plymouth State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education (Teacher Certification concentration). I then graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology (Adapted Physical Education concentration). I absolutely love being a Physical Education teacher and love to share what I have learned over the years in workshops!
Presentation Highlights:

University Of New Hampshire workshop facilitator for courses in:

  • Data Driven Assessment In Physical Education (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Incorporating Math Into Physical Education (2012, 2013)
  • Enhancing Instruction Through Technology In Physical Education (2012, 2013)
  • Using iPads And iPods In Physical Education (2012, 2013, 2014)


Keynote Topics:

  • Assessment
  • Motivation
  • Best Practices


Presentation Topics:

  • Technology Integration
  • Assessment
  • Program Planning
  • Theme Based Physical Education
  • Multicultural Physical Education
  • Math Integration Into Physical Education


Minnesota

Craig Hawkinson
Craig Hawkinson
Location: Maple Plain, MN (Plymouth Creek Elementary)
Grade Levels: K-8 and college
Teaching Experience: 13+ years, K-12 physical education
Presentation Experience: 3+ Years, Presentation Titles and Abstracts
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
My name is Craig Hawkinson and I currently teach K-5th grade PE at Wayzata Public Schools just west of Minneapolis. I have been in Wayzata for 5 years now after spending my first 7 years serving students from North and Northeast Minneapolis. My passion for PE started many years ago when I was unable to achieve many of the tasks of my elementary and middle school PE programs curriculum. My best teaching attribute is adding extra movement to your everyday sports/activities. I look forward to presenting WITH you all and hoping to build positive professional relationships with many for years to come.

Presentation Highlights:

  • 2014 Minnesota Shape Conference-I spoke on IPAD use in PE classes, including how to use different apps and why, as well as how to use the IPAD to improve activity time
  • 2015-GOPHER PE Summit-Presented on "taking your typical 1 ball sport (soccer/football/kickball) and at least doubling your activity/movement time.
  • 2016-River Falls University PE Conference-Spoke to many college age students on how to take your everyday game and set it up to have everyone in class be successful.

Presentation Topics:
  • IPAD use in the gym
  • Pedometers
  • Classroom Structure
  • Team Teaching
  • Skills within Games
  • Getting more movement out of your games/students

Joe McCarthy
Joe McCarthy
Location: Farmington, MN (Meadowview Elementary)
Grade Levels: K-8 PE and prefers doing 3 hour sessions Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 6 Years
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA and would consider doing keynote speeches. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Joe is an elementary Physical Education teacher in Farmington, MN. He is a board member of MN SHAPE, SHAPE America Central District Leadership Council, MN Healthy Kids Coalition and was also the SHAPE America Chair of the K-12 Standards Based Grading Report Card. Joe was recognized as the 2012 MN SHAPE Elementary Teacher of the Year and has presented nationally on many topics. Joe is a relentless advocate for the benefits of Physical Education and physical activity for students.
Presentation Highlights:

I presented 3 times at the 2016 Shape America Conference in Minneapolis, MN. I presented at the MN School Boards Association and the MN Elementary School Principals Association in 2015. Finally, I presented at the National Physical Education Institute in NC in 2015.


Presentation Topics:

  • Academic Games
  • Overhand Throwing Activities
  • Technology in Physical Education
  • Brain Boost Activities
  • And More...!


Keynote Speech Topics:

  • Advocacy in Physical Education


Missouri

Brenda Goodwin
Brenda Goodwin
Location: Springfield, MO (Missour State Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and Health
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Brenda is an assistant professor in the Kinesiology Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She has been in education for over 40 years starting as a high school physical education teacher as well as a tennis, track and field and cross country coach. She has been teaching at the university level for 15 years. She has made over 28 national peer reviewed presentations and she has been the Dance Managing Editor for PE Central for over 10 years. Brenda frequently conducts professional development workshops throughout the Midwest and in 1997 Brenda was the Missouri (MOAHPERD) and Central District of SHAPE America Dance Educator of the Year.

Presentation Topics:

  • Project Based Learning for K-12 Physical Education
  • Keeping Kids Active Before and After School
  • Successfully Using the Flipped Teaching Method in Physical Education
  • Successfully Using the Flipped Teaching Method in Health Education
  • Assessment made Simple! Learn how to implement it in your classes!
  • Health teaching made easy!
  • Can’t Dance? No Worries! Add fun dances to your PE Program and Love it
  • Integrating Technology into Your Physical Education Program
  • And More...!


New Jersey

Justin Schleider
Justin Schleider
Location: Trenton, NJ (Springfield Elem.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE Teaching Experience: 10 Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 3+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Justin Currently teaches physical education, health, and technology in Springfield Elementary School grades prek-6th in NJ. He has taught there for 5 years. He previously taught for 5 years at Mercer County Special Services and Lambertville Public School. He is the brain behind #slowchatpe and slowchatpe.wordpress.com which is the impetus for the slow chat (question a day) which is a question a day on Twitter and Voxer. He is also the co-creator of voxerpe.com and the voxer physical education chat which has 500 physical education teachers from all over the world.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Keynoting CUE Nevada 9/2016
  • NJPAECET2
  • Eastern District SHAPE AMERICA 2015
  • NJEA conference 2016
  • SHAPE AMERICA 2017


Keynote Topics:

  • Social justice
  • Lifelong learning
  • Technology
  • movement


Presentation Topics:

  • Technology
  • Class management
  • Social justice
  • Inclusion of all students
  • Differentiation
  • And More...!


New York

Francis M. Kozub
Mike Kozub
Location: Brockport, NY (SUNY Brockport)
Grade Levels: K-12 Adapted PE Teaching Experience: 26+ Years Presentation Experience: 20+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Dr. Kozub is a full professor at the College at Brockport and has taught at the University level since 1997. His primary research interests have focused on teaching children with disabilities, motivation and physical activity behaviors in individuals with and without disabilities. In the late 1980's and early 90's, Dr. Kozub was a physical educator in the public schools of New York and coached football, baseball, and basketball. Dr. Kozub is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA) and has competed nationally in both powerlifting and olympic style weight lifting. He has been a powerlifting coach for athletes with intellectual disabilities for the past four years and has prepared lifters for regional and state powerlifting meets.
Presentation Highlights:

Presented internationally, nationally, and regionally over 100 times since 1985.


Keynote Topics:

Role of assessment in today's educational climate, physical activity behaviors in children with disabilities, ethical concerns in including children with disabilities and program planning for individuals with disabilities.


Presentation Topics:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Assessment
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • And More...!

Tom Winiecki
Tom Winiecki
Location: Manlius, NY (Mott Road Elementary)
Grade Levels: Elementary PE Teaching Experience: 35+ Years Public School teaching. Nationally Board Certified in PE Presentation Experience: 16+ Years (see Presentation Topics and descriptions)
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present during Fall and Spring and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Tom Winiecki is a Physical Education teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in Central New York State. He has taught at the elementary level since 1981. He was named the NYSAHPERD Central North Zone Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2003, the NYSAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the year in 2010 and the NFL Network Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2013. Tom was National Board Certified in 2005 and re-certified in 2015. He serves on the District Curriculum Council, Technology Committee and Wellness Committee at Fayetteville-Manlius. He is also the K-12 Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator at Fayetteville-Manlius. He has presented at the local, zone, state and national level on a wide range of topics related to physical education. Tom has also taught as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University in 2007. He has been a Section Editor for PHEAmerica (formally PELINKS4U) since 2000.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Spring 2014 AAHPERD National Convention, St. Louis, MO, Teaching in Themes in K-12 Physical Education
  • Fall 2015 NYSAHPERD Convention, Verona, NY, Creating a Culture of Physical Activity in Your Building
  • Fall 2013 NYSAHPERD Convention, Verona, NY, "Why Do I Have to Learn This? Here is the Answer!"
  • Spring 2015 Fayetteville-Manlius (NY) District Education Fair, Physical Activity and Academic Success


Keynote Topics:

  • Physical Activity for a Lifetime
  • Teaching to Become Obsolete to Our Students


Presentation Topics (see descriptions of each):

  • A Culture of Physical Activity
  • Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom
  • Making Assessment Easy and Student Centered
  • Teaching in Common Themes/Not Separate Units
  • Using Pedometers and Heart Rate Monitors with Elementary Students
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • And More...!

Ohio

Beth Hersman
Beth Hersman
Location: Dayton, OH (Wright State Univ.)
Grade Levels: PreK - 12 Adapted Physical Education
Teaching Experience: 14+ Years
Presentation Experience: 12+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally and is willing to do 3 hour/6 hour/ or two day presentations. Can present year round.
Bio:
Beth received her doctorate degree at The Ohio State University in 2007 in Adapted Physical Education, and her undergraduate and master's degrees at West Virginia University in Physical Education Teacher Education in 2002 and 2003. Beth also completed her second masters degree at Wright State University in Educational Technology, which has helped her to develop her online APE endorsement program at Wright State. Beth is active at the state and national levels in several professional associations, and was voted in as the Secretary for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. She is also a Certified Adapted Physical Educator and volunteers regularly at various disability sporting events in Central Ohio.
Presentation Highlights:

I have presented at OAHPERD, SHAPE America, NAKHE, and at an international conference in June 2016. I have also presented several times in Puerto Rico.


Presentation Topics:

  • Adapted Physical Education (APE)
  • Assessment in APE
  • Disability sport
  • Adapting and modifying activities for individuals with disabilities

Takahiro Sato
Takahiro Sato
Location: Kent, OH (Kent State Univ.)
Grade Levels: Middle School-College Physical Education
Teaching Experience: 10+ Years
Presentation Experience: 5+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present in the fall and the summer and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Takahiro Sato is a Japanese native and an associate professor of Adapted Physical Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. Takahiro's scholarly interests focus on physical education teachers' beliefs on teaching students with disabilities, diversity and social justice of students and teachers of color in physical education, and international students' experiences in higher education. He is a nationally certified Adapted Physical Educator and a Fellow of the Research Consortium of SHAPE America. He is currently offering Ohio APE graduate endorsement approved by Ohio Department of Education. His program develops collaborative relationships with interdisciplinary faculty colleagues, students, and PE and APE teachers engaging in the program examination of learning.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Sato, T., Samalot-Rivera, A., & Kozub, F. M. (April, 2016). New graduate students’ transition: Academic experiences of adapted physical education Programs. Paper is accepted for presentation at SHAPE America Convention, Minneapolis, MN, 2016.
  • Sato. T., Hodge, S. R., Samalot-Rivera, A., Volmar, V. (October, 2014). Physical Education Teacher Candidates’ Perspectives about Instructing Children with Disabilities in Adapted Aquatics. Abstract is accepted for the presentation at North America Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, 2014.
  • Sato, T. (July 2013), Modified Physical Activities, Games, and Sport. Global approach of Adapted Physical Education Workshop, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Sato, T. (October 2010). Placement Decision of Students with Disabilities in Physical Education - Workshop, Hudson City, Schools, Ohio


Keynote Topics:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Social Justice and Diversity
  • International Students


Presentation Topics:

  • Inclusion/Adapted PE
  • Assessment
  • Online APE Professional Development
  • Culturally Relevant in Teaching
  • Practicum
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • English Language Learners
  • International Students


Pennsylvania

Joanne Leight
Joanne Leight
Location: Slippery Rock, PA (Slippery Rock Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and college PE
Teaching Experience: 26+ college teaching
Presentation Experience: 15+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Dr. Joanne Leight serves as professor and assistant chair of the Department of Physical and Health Education at Slippery Rock University. Since arriving at SRU in 1996, Leight has taught 23 different courses and created a Minor in Coaching. She currently serves as NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the university, and also a Teaching Fellow, overseeing the Center for Teaching and Learning at SRU. She earned her B.S. degree and M.S. from SRU and her Doctorate of Education from Duquesne University.

Dr. Leight has a passion for technology. She served on the NASPE Pipeline Technology Committee, and also served a three-year term as technology editor for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD). She is currently the Technology Chair for the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD). Her professional accomplishments include numerous technology-focused presentations, publications, and grants. She is the author of Technology for Physical Education Teacher Education, now in it's second edition. She is also a Google Certified Innovator.

Presentation Highlights

Using Technology in Physical Education: Practical Examples. The Eastern District Association of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention. Atlantic City, NJ. (May, 2016)

From Twitter to Voxer: Using Social Media in Physical Education (with Fish, B) Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Valley Forge, PA. (November, 2015)

IPads in Physical Education: Integration, Innovation and Interdisciplinary. American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention, St. Louis, MO (April, 2014)

Fifty Fabulous Free Web Tools for Teachers: Using the Internet to Organize Your Lessons and Your Life. Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Seven Springs, PA. (November, 2014)

Go Google! Cool Tools To Communicate, Collaborate and Create. Maryland State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Convention, Hunt Valley, MD (October, 2013)


Presentation Topics:

  • Google Applications
  • Web 2.0 Tools
  • QR Codes
  • Blogs
  • Podcasting
  • Web Page Design
  • iPads in Health & Physical Education
  • Social Media
  • Electronic Portfolios
  • Microsoft Applications
  • Technology Tools
  • Online Web Resources - Online Apps
  • Interactive PowerPoint
  • Integrating Technology into a PETE Program
  • Developing and Teaching an Undergraduate Technology Course

Nicholas Endlich
Nicholas Endlich
Location: Dover, PA (Dover Elem)
Grade Levels: K-5 PE
Teaching Experience: 10+ Years Public School teaching
Presentation Experience: 5+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
I will be starting my 11th year of teaching next year as a K-6 Health & Physical Education teacher at Dover Elementary in Dover, PA. In class I use technology, specifically iPods and QR Codes to deliver more engaging lessons. I have used Google Classroom, Plickers and SeeSaw apps as well. I am a huge proponent of Social Media to further my personal Professional Development. I have successfully written and received various grants including the Highmark Healthy High 5 and Dover Eagle Foundation Innovation grant. I’ve increased the physical activity opportunities for the students in my school by creating afterschool intramural programs including: running, volleyball and badminton. I have presented for over 4 years and love sharing my experiences with other physical educators.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Dover SD Summer Academy (2012 / 2013)
  • NJAHPERD (2014)
  • National PE Institute (2015)
  • Dover SD Tech Inservice (2016)


Presentation Topics:

  • Integrating Technology in PE
  • Plickers and See Saw Apps
  • Incorporating movement into health and other content areas
  • Google Apps for Education


South Carolina

Susan Flynn
Susan Flynn
Location: Charleston, SC (College of Charleston)
Grade Levels: K-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 30+ years, elementary physical education, adapted physical education, middle school special education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 20+ Years
Presenter Profile
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Susan provides professional development for school districts throughout the United States and internationally. She has been invited to present at many state physical education conferences and workshops (Al, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IO, KY, LA, MA, OH, VA, WV). In addition to presenting at the National SHAPE America Convention and District conventions numerous times, she presents at national and state early childhood conferences. Susan also presents on Science, Technology, Engeerining and Math (STEM) through her National Science Foundation grant- TECHFIT-connecting coding, engineering and fitness.

Presentation Topics:

  • Move 2 Learn: Integration of ELA and Math with Physical Literacy
  • K-12 Developmental Appropriate Practices in Physical Education
  • Brain Blasts and Action Based Learning for the classroom educator
  • Physical Literacy for Early Childhood
  • Adapted Physical Education and Sensory Motor
  • Creative Dance Pre-K-5
  • Dance for the Physical Education Curriculum K-12
  • Physical Best and Fitness Education
  • Brain Blasts and Action Based Learning for the classroom educator
  • Technology in Physical Education
  • TPSR- Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility in physical education
  • Certified Presidential Youth Fitness Instructor (PYFP); Physical Activity Leader (PAL) and Physical Best Instructor


Ben Landers
Ben Landers
Location: Irmo, SC (River Springs Elementary)
Grade Levels: K-5 PE and college PE Teaching Experience: 5+ Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 5+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Ben is a K-12 certified Physical Education teacher and has been teaching K-5 Phys Ed since 2007. He has completed National Board Certification in Phys Ed and also has a Masters in Education from Southern Wesleyan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from University of South Carolina. Ben also serves as a Clinical Model Teacher for the University of South Carolina, helping to mentor future Physical Education teachers as part of their graduation requirement. He is the also founder of ThePEspecialist.com a resource site helping Physical Educators take their teaching game to the next level.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Plickers in PE - Local District PD 2015
  • Large Class Hacks - The PhysEd Summit 3.0 - 2016
  • PhysEd Hacks - The National PE Institute Ashville - 2016


Presentation Topics (Presenter Profile):

  • Technology Tools in Phys Ed
  • Phys Ed Hacks: Management Tips and Tricks
  • Teambuilding and Adventure Games
  • Gamification in PE
  • Using Social Media to Up Your Game
  • How to Plan your Phys Ed Curriculum
  • Easy and Fun Instant Activities and Warmups
  • My Favorite Phys Ed Games
  • And More...!

Texas

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez
Location: Houston, TX (Harvard Elem.)
Grade Levels: K-12 Physical Education
Teaching Experience: 10+ Years
Presentation Experience: 7+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally and is willing to do any length presentations. Can present year round.
Bio:
Jorge Rodriguez is originally from McAllen, Texas and now lives in Houston. He attended the University of Houston where he was a high jumper on the track team and earned his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with a minor in health. Jorge later went on to receive his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. He is currently a physical education teacher at Harvard Elementary (an IB and STEM magnet school) in the Houston Independent School District, and is a Lead Teacher and the KEY teacher for physical education for the district. He is also an active member in Texas AHPERD, and sits on the recreation and social media committees and chairs the diversity section. Jorge absolutely loves his profession and is dedicated to do all he can to make it better!
Presentation Highlights:

  • June 2016 - Champ Camp, Half day seminar on constructivist approach in PE to an audience of 300 PE teachers.
  • April 2016 - SHAPE National Convention, I presented a 2 hour session on using augmented reality in PE.
  • March 2016 - California AHPERD, I was a guest presenter for Spark. I presented on Neuorscience, SOLO Taxonomy, and Cooperative Learning.
  • December 2015 - Texas AHPERD, I presented on how to use social media for professional development.


Keynote Topics:

  • Neuroscience in PE
  • Physical Literacy


Presentation Topics:

  • Technology
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU)
  • Assessment
  • Neuroscience in PE

Virginia

Justin Haegele
Justin Haegele
Location: Norfolk, VA (Old Dominion Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 Adapted PE
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Justin A. Haegele, PhD, CAPE is an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Human Movement Sciences. He received his Bachelors in Physical education and Masters in Adapted Physical Education from the College at Brockport, State University of New York, and his PhD in Adapted Physical Education from The Ohio State University. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he was an adapted physical education teacher at a school for children with autism spectrum disorder in Queens, NY. In addition, he has been a co-director of Camp Abilities Alaska, a one-week developmental sport camp for children with visual impairments, since 2009. In 2012, Dr. Haegele was selected as the New York State Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year from NYSAHPERD. More recently, he received the 2015 David P. Beaver Adapted Physical Activity Young Scholar Award from NCPEID.
Adapted Presentation Topics:

  • Inclusion
  • Impact of Laws/ Regulations on APE
  • Instructional strategies for inclusion
  • Assessment and students with disabilities
  • Disability Specific Content (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Visual Impairment, etc.)

Steve Shelton
Steve Shelton
Location: Christiansburg, VA (Radford Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-5 PE
Teaching Experience: 20 Years Public School teaching
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years | View Presentation Topics and Descriptions
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Mr. Steve Shelton became a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Radford University (VA) in the fall of 2012. Steve earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Radford University in 1991 and was a member of the men’s cross country team. He coached boys and girls cross country at Christiansburg High School (VA) from 1992-1999 and in the process coached two state championship teams, enjoyed a national ranking in 1994, and was named Timesland Coach of the Year by The Roanoke Times on five occasions. Steve was hired as the physical education specialist at Christiansburg Primary School (VA) in 1993, a position he held for 15 years. After a successful transition to Christiansburg Elementary School (VA) in 2007, he continued his education and earned his M.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education from West Virginia University in 2010 and became a certified Physical Best Health-Fitness Specialist. As an active member of the Virginia Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) and the West Virginia Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (WVAHPERD), professional activities have included six presentations at the annual VAHPERD state conference since 2008 and five presentations at the WVAHPERD state convention since 2014. The Virginia Journal has published articles Steve authored regarding systematic self-supervision techniques, the association between physical activity and academic progress, and insights related to presenting at professional conventions. Additionally, Steve has become a contributor to the PELinks4U website (www.pelinks4u.org). Recent professional activities and honors include continued work on the PECentral.org Lesson Ideas Advisory Board, and in 2011, Steve was nominated and selected on a competitive basis as a national finalist for the NFL Network's Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. Steve continues to direct the Southwest Virginia VAHPERD Workshop, an important outreach commitment to increase membership and services to health and physical education professionals and students in southwestern Virginia and beyond.
Presentation Topics and Descriptions:

  • “Progressive Game Stages: Taking Students to the Next Level of Performance”
  • “Elementary Evidence”
  • “Cooperative Experiences”
  • “Effective Teaching: How Teachers and Students Should Spend Time in the Gym”
  • “Moving (and Learning) Across the Curriculum: Integrating Core Content in the Gym”
  • “The ABCs of Movement: Exciting Physical Activity Ideas for Young Children”
  • “Instant Activities”
  • “4 Square 2 the Max”

Misti Wajciechowski
Misti Wajciechowski
Location: Richmond, VA (VCU)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and Health Teaching Experience: 18 Years Public School, 4 Years at College Level. Nationally Board Certified in PE Presentation Experience: 15+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Misti Wajciechowski is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of Education. She has 18 years of public school experience and currently is in her fourth year in higher education. She received her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from VCU, is Nationally Board Certified, and is working toward her PhD in education. She has presented at the National, State, and local levels specifically on the topics of pedagogy and incorporating technology into the field of health and physical education as a means to enhance the educational experience for students. Misti was chosen as the Virginia Middle School Physical Educator of the Year in 2004, the National Health Educator K-12 in 2010, and was just recently selected as the College/University Physical Educator for the state of Virginia for 2015. She also just recently presented Project Based Learning in Secondary PE to the PE teachers in Henry County GA in March of 2016 with two other PE Central Presenters.
Presentation Testimonials: "We want her to come back and spend more time with us", everything she shared was useful, and I can't wait to implement these strategies", "this was the best PD we have had in a long long time".
Presentation Topics:

  • Project Based Learning
  • Technology
  • Assessment
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Health
  • Adventure Education (Biking, Adventure Racing, Geocaching, non-traditional activities)
  • And More...!

Fran Zavacky
Fran Zavacky
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and Health
Teaching Experience: 10+ Years Public School
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to consult and present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can consult and present throughout the year including the summer and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Francesca Zavacky is the co-author of Strategies for Recess in Schools, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice, and Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: A Guide for Schools. A veteran health and physical education teacher, and leader in physical education and physical activity, she has received numerous teaching awards, including NASPE Teacher of the Year. Francesca has conducted over 200 professional development sessions across the United States on topics as diverse as children’s fitness, strategies for recess in schools, interdisciplinary physical education, student assessment, and comprehensive school physical activity programs. Formerly a Project Director at SHAPE America for a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she has served as master trainer for CDC’s comprehensive school physical activity program and recess trainings. Francesca is a connector who is committed to improving professional practice and creating a culture of physical activity for youth across the country.


West Virginia

Eloise Elliott
Eloise Elliott
Location: Morgantown, WV (West Virginia Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE
Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Public School teaching
Presentation Experience: 15+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present in the Fall and the Spring.

Presentation Description: Active Academics: Incorporating physical activity throughout the school day

Designed for schools and districts to help K-5 teachers incorporate physical activity in their regular classroom instruction and in other school opportunities throughout the school day. Active Academics® one-day workshop will give K-5 teachers the knowledge, skills, and practical classroom-tested ideas to incorporate movement and physical activity throughout the school day - in the classroom, during break times such as lunch and recess, and before/after school opportunities. This professional development workshop has been aligned with the national standards, including the Core Content Standards, developed by our leading professional organizations. This workshop is developed through a partnership with eLearning for Kids, Inc.


Wisconsin

Sandy Hagenbach
Sandy Hagenbach
Location: De Pere, WI (Heritage Elem)
Grade Levels: K-5
Teaching Experience: 26+ years, K-5 physical education.
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years.
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer. Prefers to do half day (3 hour) sessions. Presentation Topics and Descriptions
Bio:
Sandy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, received her masters from Marian University, is certified in adapted physical education and has over 30 years of experience teaching elementary physical education. She is the author of "Teaching Children Responsible Behavior, A Complete Toolkit". The book is based on Dr. Don Hellison's work with TPSR, teaching children personal and social responsibility. Sandy has received the WHPE Recognition award for her contributions to our profession, named the WHPE Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2009 and was on the state standards team. She has been awarded the Kohl Fellowship award in 2010 for inspiring the love of learning, showing leadership and service both in and out of the classroom along with the Green Bay Area Golden Apple in 1997 for her innovative use of literature in physical education. As a Wisconsin Fuel Up To Play 60 MVP she has contributed many of her success stories at workshops and state conventions. Sandy has presented at technology and wellness conferences in Wisconsin and both at the national and state level for physical education.

Presentation Highlights:
I have presented TPSR Elementary Style both nationally and at the state level along with Apps In Motion in 2016. Apps In Motion is a presentation that shows how non traditional and traditional apps can be used in elementary PE. I have done multiple presentations on integrating literature into PE and activities that support literacy at the state level.

Presentation Topics Presentation Descriptions:

  • TPSR (Teaching Personal & Social Responsibility) Elementary Style.
  • Integrating iPads into Elementary PE
  • Integrating literature based lessons into PE
  • Nutrition integration

Cindy Kuhrasch
Cindy Kuhrasch
Location: Madison, WI (Univ. of Wisconsin)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE Teaching Experience: 28 Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 20+ Years
Willing to present locally, in the USA and Internationally. Can present throughout the year and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Cindy Kuhrasch has had the opportunity to teach Health and Physical education to students in grades K-12, and undergraduate students as well. She is currently employed as a faculty associate in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches courses in methodology, assessment community development and kinesiology. In addition, Cindy has served as a consultant in many school districts, working in the areas of curriculum development, instructional strategies, and technology. Cindy has over 25 years’ experience in course development, implementation and evaluation. She has presented on a wide variety of education topics at state, district, and national conventions, and has written numerous articles published in national educational journals.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Kuhrasch, C. (Presenter & Author), Partnership Network, "Physical Education and In-Service Teachers," School of Education, 2000 Observatory Drive.
  • Kuhrasch, C. (Presenter & Author), Wajciechowski, M. (Presenter & Author), Goodwin, B. (Presenter & Author), Project Based Learning in Physical Education, "Project Based Learning in Physical Education," PE Central, Atlanta, GA.
  • Kuhrasch, C. (Presenter & Author), South Korean Education Delegation, "The State of Physical Education in the United States," External Relations, 2000 Observatory Drive.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (Presenter & Author), Teaching & Learning with the iPad 2015, "Meta Teacher Evaluation: Empowering and Informing Teacher Development," Emerging EdTech, Raleigh, NC.


Keynote Topics:

  • The Value of Play
  • Technology
  • Trends in PE
  • Assessment


Presentation Topics:

  • Project Based Learning
  • Assessment
  • The Value of Play
  • Technology
  • PE Methods and Effective Teaching Principles
  • Curriculum
  • And More...!

Dana Zimmerman
Dana Zimmerman
Location: River Falls, WI (University of Wisconsin, River Falls)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and Health Teaching Experience: 6 Years Public School, 1 Year at College Level. Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer and is willing to do Keynote presentations.
Bio:
Dana Zimmerman is the new Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Wisconsin River Falls, River Falls, WI for Adapted Physical Education. He was born with cerebral palsy, but hasn’t let a disability prevent him from pursuing his dreams. Dana ran track, cross county, and cross country skied for his “abled-bodied “high school and college teams. He won the N.O.V.A. CARE Award and was selected as the M.I.P. skier on the team. Dana was also selected as the BEST Ropes Course Director at Camp Zanika. He has been a member of 2 Paralympic teams and won a silver medal in Sydney, Australia for the 1500m race for track. He has taught Adapted Physical Education for 6 years. Dana has a wealth of information about working with students with disabilities and would love to share it with you.
Presentation Topics:

  • Teaching Physical Education with a Physical Disability
  • Bully Prevention
  • Starting a Disability Sports Program in Your Area
  • Teaching Adapted Physical Education with Feeling
  • Human Value & Building Strong Self-Concept
  • Becoming a Paralympian & Beyond
  • Disabilities Don’t Stop Me
  • Including “ALL” Students into your Physical Education classes
  • Fun Ice Breakers for Everyone
  • And More...!


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