I have ten years in a Montessori School, with nine years in an Elementary II classroom. My experience includes four years as an assistant and five years as a co-head teacher. For nine years I have served as head basketball coach, three years as a track and field coach, and two years as a volleyball coach. I have been the athletic director as well as the PE instructor for the whole elementary of my school for the past three years.
I believe wholeheartedly in the integration of co-curriculars with the classroom curriculum. Physical education is important on its own, but becomes so much more rich when concepts from the classroom can be integrated into the games and skills practiced in PE. This method appeals to the different learning styles of the students, and provides a foundation for the Montessori teacher that must teach their own co-curricular classes.
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I have a Bachelors in Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Illinois. I would receive my EI and EII Montessori certification through AMS (American Montessori Society). Later I would receive a Masters in Montessori Education from St. Catherine's University. You can read my Master's thesis here https://sophia.stkate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1034&context=maed
I am a competitive Powerlifter for the 15+ years. In college, I was a co-author for a study on exercise and arterial stiffness which can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17468584. I have been a personal trainer for the past decade, and for my whole life I have been involved in sports.
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