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About meI am originally from Minnesota. I got my teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I then moved to California, where I taught for 17 years. I moved to Highlands Ranch and taught sixth grade at Copper Mesa Elementary for 11 years. I switched to the physical education position this year and I love it.I have three girls. My oldest is 22 and a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. My middle daughter is 20 and goes to North Dakota University. My 18-year-old is a senior at Mountain Vista High School. My husband, Brian, is an adaptive physical education teacher at Jeffco Schools. I've enjoyed watching his career path. I got excited about teaching physical education, so I applied for the position at Copper Mesa.Helping kids through movementI chose physical education because I love the fact that I can encourage kids to be physically active for their whole lives.I can't even think of my favorite thing because there are so many. One of the things I love is that physical education is the key — all the research says physical education is the key to being a good learner. If you have a healthy lifestyle, you're a better thinker in the classroom. I love that I can provide that movement that helps kids be creative in the classroom.I also love the fact that I can really help kids learn through sports. I can help them be respectful and cooperative and develop self-confidence. I love that I can help them find their strengths. I try and really focus on what they are able to do rather than what they are not able to do.My advice for parentsI would recommend that parents focus on limiting screen time by setting parameters. Limiting of screen time in our society is a great way to say, 'Hey what do you want to do today?' Give them time for free play and failure. Let them problem-solve. Let them be bored.In my classroom, we use 5210: five fruits and vegetables a day, two hours — preferably less — of screen time, one hour of play and zero sugary drinks. Eat, reduce, play and limit.Fun factI took a trip to Ireland this summer. It was my first time traveling to another country. Navigating the culture with my best friend, Amy, whom I've known since elementary school, was a really great adventure.
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