I have been coaching tennis for 30 years. Sixteen years ago I was asked to fill in temporarily to teach PE and I've been at it ever since. PE at WPS is “all about effort.” My goal is to get as many students involved in sports as possible. Upon stepping into the school's office the first thing one sees are the school's many sports trophies for such diverse activities as soccer, swimming, volleyball, and track.
With only about 40 students in all grades, the school is often challenged to field a complete team, requiring nearly all the students in a class to participate. That's the way I like it. We have had many terrific athletes at WPS over the years, some of whom have gone on to have successful collegiate athletic careers in the US, even receiving scholarships, but we almost always had to round out successful teams with students who were just beginning to realize their athletic potential. I love trying to bring out the best in all our students.
PE starts in the K4 program at WPS. Children as young as four years old are developing coordination and skills with games, rules, and equipment which allow them to blossom physically. Nearly every elementary school student will tell you that PE is their favorite subject. I want to take those kids who would be left behind in PE at most schools and help them to see that if they just do their best that they can have fun and find a sport that suits them. It's key to their future health and happiness. And nobody leaves WPS without being able to throw a ball.