• Health and Physical Education McEachern High School Jan. 1995 - June, 1995 Cobb, GA • Physical Education Arbor Station Elementary, 1995 - 1997 Douglasville, GA • Physical Education Bright Star Elementary, Opened Fall of 1997 - 2002 Douglasville, GA • Physical Education Mirror Lake Elementary, Opened Fall of 2002 - Present Villa Rica, GA
I desire to teach A. a variety of enjoyable, all-inclusive physical activities, designed to build self-confidence, and promote cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation, while encouraging lifetime fitness pursuits. B. more activities that are action-packed, providing lots of choices and opportunities to challenge your students with countless opportunities for success, no matter the skill level. C. to move from comfortable, familiar, and functional physical education to movement education instruction that is rich with opportunities to engage children with fun, challenging, and dynamic experiences. D. fun, movement and skill-based games, provided in a context of realistic situations that promote the skills of communication, cooperation and personal responsibility, while learning to apply critical thinking and problem solving; crucial life-skills that are necessary to allow all of us to think for ourselves and be productive human beings. Incorporating these skills in games is the perfect way to teach for transfer by providing children with a hands-on approach to practicing and learning skills of this nature. E. and implement games that go beyond exhibiting rote memorization of performing skills to games and activities that present problems, thus requiring students to learn how to brainstorm, collaborate, put into action and evaluate strategies in order to be successful. F. to take advantage of the opportunities to relate the game’s challenges to some real-life situations that students may encounter one day.
• Outstanding Health, Physical Education and Recreation Student at Kennesaw State University, May of 1995 • Most Outstanding Specialist in Education Student in Physical Education at State University of West Georgia, April of 1999 • Outstanding Cooperating Teacher in Physical Education at State University of West Georgia, April of 2000 • Earned the award of Bright Star Elementary Teacher of the Year, August of 2001-2002 school year • Named honorable mention in USA TODAY’S 2003 All-USA Teacher Team program, October of 2003 • Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Acknowledgement Award, Nov. 2012 • Share the Wealth Puckett-Merriman Physical Education Professional Award recipient, January of 2013 • Awarded $4000.00 grant in 2013 from Fuel Up to Play 60/Southeast United Dairy Industry Association to promote and supply a before-school F.I.T.T. Club for 2nd-5th Grade. • Earned the award of Mirror Lake Elementary Teacher of the Year, May of 2013-2014 school year • Named Georgia Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year (GAHPERD), September of 2004-2005 and 2014-2015 • Awarded SHAPE Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year 2014-2015
• Bachelors Degree: Kennesaw State University, March of 1995 Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Ed., Rec. and Dance • Masters Degree: St. University of West Georgia, March of 1997 Master of Education HPERD • Specialists Degree: St. University of West Georgia, May of 1999 Specialist in Education HPERD • National Board Certification: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Arlington VA, November of 2001 and renewed November of 2011
Publications/Presentations: • Published No Standing Around in My Gym: Creative Lesson Plans, Games, and Teaching Tips for Elementary Physical Education. This 8.5 x 11 paperback book is 168 pages in length and is published by Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., October of 2002 • Published PE2theMax: Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun. This 8.5 x 11 paperback book is 120 pages in length and is published by Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., July of 2005 • Published PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education. This 8.5 x 11 paperback book is 100 pages in length and is published by PE2theMax, Inc.J.D. Hughes, January of 2008 • Produced The Best of No Standing Around in My Gym, PE2theMax I & II DVD’s. Both DVDs include 70+ minutes of hands-on footage plus lesson plans by J.D. Hughes and Silver Penguin Productions. June of 2009 • Published PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun. This 8.5 x 11 paperback book is 100 pages in length and is published by PE2theMax Inc., June of 2009 • Produced The Best of PE² and HyPEd Up III & IV DVD’s. Both DVDs include 70+ minutes of hands-on footage plus lesson plans by J.D. Hughes and Silver Penguin Productions. September of 2013 • Published HyPEd Up! Taking Physical Education Games to the Next Level. This 8.5 x 11 paperback book is 120 pages in length and is published by PE2theMax Inc., January of 2017. • Co-published article Fund-Raising Via a Fun Run (pp. 62-64) in Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, Aug. of 2007 • Published five education ideas/games in Great Activities, A newspaper for elementary & middle school physical education teachers, 1998-2001 Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, Aug. of 2007 • Since 2003 I've traveled all over the nation and presented over 100 workshops/staff developments to thousands of teachers.
English Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Other (Math), Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Physical Therapy, Dance