Department of Kinesiology

West Chester University

Dr. Frank Fry
206 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2260 or 2261
Fax: (610) 436-2860


Adapted PE Alumni

Staff For Camp Abilities 2010

 

Adapted Physical Education Alumni

Barbara G. Seiden December, 2007

Areas studied in school: Health & Physical Education; minors in Health and Adapted Physical Education

APENS certified?: Yes (difficult but worth it to have on my resume-most people don't understand what it is)

How the minor affected you: Critical for getting me a position in the public school system and allowed me to help create a special needs /Adapted Physical Education type program at my local YMCA.

What are you doing now ?:   Multiple part time jobs teaching physical education, personal training, and summer swim lesson coordinator at local pool.

What your future goals are: Full time Physical Education position!

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area: For future Adapted Physical Education minors, it is critical to have knowledge about working with people who have disabilities. As you move into the Physical Education/Health/Teaching profession, you will always have students with special needs in your classes. By having the knowledge gained from the Adapted Physical Education minor,  I have credibility with my peers, students and parents, However, I feel that Adapted Physical Education is not known and/or appreciated by those outside of Physical Education. Most parents understand the importance of physical therapy and occupational therapy for their children and are willing to spend the money for those services, but since Adapted Physical Education is considered a direct service it just falls under the radar. I've had to "sell" Adapted Physical Education with everything I do. Some people understand, but most just think of it as an extra expense that isn't covered by insurance.

 
Stu Greenberg Spring 2008

Stu

Areas studied in school: Health & Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education/Health Sciences.

APENS certified?:  No

How the minor affected you:  The minor helped give me a deeper perspective in life! It showed me that no human should be alienated or discriminated against because of their social or genetic predisposition. People should have every opportunity to succeed while always having a chance to enhance their own quality of life.

What are you doing now?:   Health & Physical Education Teacher at Toby Farms Elementary School K-8 in Chester Upland School District. I currently have only one adapted Physical Education class which is an emotional support class. I have several students with disabilities scattered in my 27 other classes. The APE minor helped in many ways. The most useful way was helping me be better prepared to help adapt my lesson to meet the individual needs of the students with disabilities that I teach. Any questions that anyone has on emotional support classes I can most likely answer.

What your future goals are:   School Administrator

 
Bristal McAlister May 2009

Bristal

Areas studied in school:   Health & Physical Education: Teacher Cert K-12 (Major); Adapted Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (Minor)

APENS Certified?:   Yes!

How the minor affected you:    This minor has really changed my life. After high school, I knew that I wanted to work with students with disabilities in the physical education setting. When I came to college, I was majoring in Health & Physical Education and was going to minor in Special Education, so that I could work with people with disabilities. Shortly after starting at West Chester University, I heard about at the time NEW Adapted Physical Education minor. I was psyched and immediately knew that I wanted to add that minor. From my very first class in the minor, I wanted to do more and I wanted to see more. Each and every time that I worked with a different group of students, I learned so much. The kids in our program made me laugh, made me smile, made me cry at their successes. I work for these kids. I would spend every week looking forward to being with the kids and teaching and empowering them.

What are you doing now?:     I will be attending Slippery Rock University in the fall (09). I will be attending Slippery Rock to obtain my Masters in Adapted Physical Activity. The program is ten months long, so I will have my Masters by June, 2010. I just recently received a full (95%) scholarship to attend the program.

What your future goals are:   My future goals are obvioiusly to get my masters in the next year. After getting my masters, I would like to teach Adapted Physical Education, mainly in the elementary setting. I would also like to take classes in sign language to learn how to communicate with those who are deaf.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area: Students: Don't forget to ask for help. There are a lot of members in the Adapted Physical Education minor. Many of these people have supervised for many semesters. Also... be open to new ideas.

 
Angela DiFilippo May 2008

Angela DiFillippo

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education K-12; Adapted Physical Education minor

APENS Certified?:  No

How the minor affected you:  One of the most memorable experiences of my life. It taught me how to produce thorough work as a student and now teacher. It provided hands on experience in teaching those with numerous disabilities.  I had opportunities to travel through Camp Abilities. I felt a sense of family/connection with the kids and other Physical Education majors in this minor. It helped me to become sensitive to individual students' needs and how to accomodate these needs. I currently apply this knowledge to my full time job. It made me a more marketable cadidate as I applied for jobs, they were impressed with my background. It created an interest in the fields of occupational or physical therapy as an alternative career route.

What are you doing now?:  Alternative School (Night School) Health & Physical Education teacher, Sterling High School 11th Grade Health/9th Grade Physical Education teacher, Gateway Regional High School, NJ 9th Grade Health/Physical Education, Rancocas Valley High School starting Fall 2009 going. I am going back to school for a Driver's Education Certification.

What your future goals are: To obtain a Masters in Education of Physical Therapy, and to stay in contact with the Adapted Physical Education Program at West Chester University.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:  To Adapted Physical Education minors, you will learn TONS of interesting information through the courses in this minor. It will give you a leg up on other candidates during the interview processs and will make you a better teacher, guaranteed. Courses like this are not offered at other schools at the undergraduate level, take advantage of  the opportunity. Most importantly, you will be a part of the best group at West Chester University, the Adapted Physical Education family! Someone will always be there to help and support you. Even if you do not pursue a career in Adapted Physical Education, the experiences and relationships you develop are worth it.

 
Stephanie Bush  2009

Steph Bush

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education, minor in Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?:  Not yet

How the minor affected you:  Being part of the adapted minor enlightened me to all of the possibilities available for students with disabilities. Adapted Physical Education has shown me the unlimited potential our students possess, and has inspired me to never give up at helping students achieve their dreams. With the proper instruction, nurture, and support, anything is possible!

What are you doing now?:  Right now I am recently graduated and currently "job hunting" (as they say) and trying really hard to find a job. I plan to enjoy the summer working with students,relaxing, and vacationing.

What your future goals are:  I would love to become a teacher (health & physical education) and make a difference in my students' lives. I would love to intertwine skills learned and used in adapted physical education to successfully include ALL students, and educate others to understand that people with disabilities have the same needs and emotions as those who are non disabled.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:   People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered...forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives... be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies... succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you... be honest and frank anyway. What you may spend years building, someone may destroy overnight...build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous...be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow...do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough...give the world the best you have anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it's all between you and God...it was never between you and them anyway.

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Kira N. Labagh 2008

Areas studied in school: BS Health & Physical Education, minors in Health Science & Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?:   Not yet

How the minor affected you: The minor in Adapted Physical Education helped me to learn about children with a variety of disabilities and the continuum of placements that should be considered in order for the child to receive services in the least restrictive environment. I learned about the importance of advocacy, not only for people with disabilities but advocacy for my profession. The most important thing the minor did for me was to develop my passion for Adapted Physical Education which has led me to my current location in Brockport, NY.

What are you doing now?:  I am currently in Brockport, NY to obtain my Masters of Education in Adapted Physical Education at SUNY Brockport. I am a Graduate Assistant for Camp Abilities, a sports camp for children who are blind and visually impaired. Working with professors who are leaders in the field of adapted physical education has helped me gain more knowledge and understanding of all aspects of adapted physical education, including consultation with local school districts. I will graduate from SUNY Brockport in May 2010.

What your future goals are:  After graduation in 2010, I plan to take the APENS exam to become a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (C.A.P.E.). I will finish my graduate assistantship with Camp Abilities NY in June 2010 as well as actively searching for a job in Health & Physical Education or specifically Adapted Physical Education. After teaching in the public schools I would like to return to school and enter into a Doctoral program.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:  It is extremely important to advocate for everything in your life and the lives of those who you are teaching. Adapted physical education is very important to put on the child's IEP. From there, it is up to you to make sure the child receives Adapted Physical Education services in the proper placement during the school day. Those of you who are planning to take the minor; you are making a great choice! Even if you do not want to become an Adapted Physical Education specialist, the minor will help you to include students of all ability levels in activities during physical education as well as provide you with so many resources that you can use if you need further information on any topic related to adapted physical education or disability sport. Parents: those students who graduate with a background in adapted physicale ducation can help you and your child get the services required for your child to successfully participate in physical education in your school district. Contacting a teacher with a background in adapted physical education can hellp with a consultation with your school district to ensure your child proper placement and services regarding adapted physical education.

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Greg Raspanti 2008

Greg Rispanti

Areas studied in school: BS Health & Physical Education, minor in Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?: No

How the minor affected you:  Participating in this minor enabled me to gain a broader perspective and knowledge about individuals with disabilities. In addition to learning various techniques within the pedagogy, being able to greater understand the disabilities themselves was also an outcome of this minor. Also, the minor allowed me to further develop as a person and gave me opportunities that I will never forget.

What are you doing now?: I am currently in the Peace Corps, serving in Moldova. My assignment is to teach health in local schools and also consult community leaders in health issues related to their local population. My service has just begun and I will be serving until August 2011. After my service is complete, I plan to continue youth and community development. Due to the lack of internet in Moldova, any emails or other contact may be delayed. Please feel free to contact me or read my blog. Gregraspanti.blogspot.com

 
Joann Judge 2006

Areas studied in school: BS Health & Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University and Post-bac (teacher certification) West Chester University 2006

APENS Certified?: Yes

How the minor affected you:  With a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Physical Education and several years of experience working as an instructional assistant at the secondary level, I thought teaching adapted physical education would be an ideal way to incorporate physical education and special education into one.

What are you doing now?:  Adapted Physical Education Specialist for the School District of Lancaster (secondary)

What your future goals are: To complete my masters degree in special education at West Chester University and to obtain a doctoral degree in adapted physical education. My areas of interest include physical education, autism, and technology. I look forward to doing research and writing articles and literature reviews. My ultimate goal is to become a professor and to teach adapted physical education at West Chester University with Dr. Monica LePore.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:  In addition to my educational endeavors, (1) I would like to advocate for the need to have at least one "highly qualified" adapted physical education teacher/specialist in every school district in the state of Pennsylvania: and (2) to increase and/or enhance the educational requirements for general physical education teachers to work with children with special needs.

 

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Brooke K. Johnston 2009

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education: Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?:  November 2009

How the minor affected you:  The minor made me open my eyes and realize how many people with disabilities are in our public schools, who are not receiving adequate physical education. It made me want to make a difference and made me want to learn how to teach different physical activities to individuals with disabilities so they received the education they deserved so they too could enjoy life long health and happiness. The minor also introduced me to a wonderful group of people and experiences I would not have had the chance to do if I wasn't involved in the minor such as Camp Abilities.

What are you doing now?:  I am currently working at the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown, PA as the Special Needs coordinator for their program "STARS". I am also an instructor for the classes. I will begin substitute teaching for local school districts a couple of days during the week for the upcoming school year.

What your future goals are:  My long term goal is to get a permanent position teaching Health & Physical Education or Adapted Physical Education.

 

 
Leah Posocco 2007

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education: Minor in Adapted Physical Education

What are you doing now?: Part time Adapted Physical Education teacher in Albemarle County School District

 
Corey David Luttrell 2007

Corey

What are you doing now?: Garden Spot Middle School (Elanco School District)

How the minor affected you:  As of now I do not spend any time with "adapted physical education", however, I have many children in many of my classes that will require some adaptations so I would say 70-80 percent of my lessons will require some sort of adaptations for a child with a disability.

 
James M. Rizzo 2006

Rizzo

What are you doing now?:  Center for Student Learning at Pennsbury

What your future goals are:  I plan to start my grad classes this spring. I currently teach Secondary Health and Physical Education at the Center for Student Learning at Pennsbury. With a teacher to student ratio of 15:1, I am able to provide more individualized instruction for those students who may require such help. Right now, I only adapt my teaching to help provide the best for my students, but there is not an official Adapted Physical Education program.

 

 
Nora Miller 2006

What are you doing now?: I am teaching 6th -10th grade Health & Physical Education at Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington, De. I coach the varsity cross country and swim team, and also am head coach of the middle school track team. I am just finishing my 3rd year of teaching.

I received my APENS certification in June of 2009, and while I do not specifically teach APE at this time, I learned so much as an APE minor at WCU. I believe that the Adapted Physical Education minor and Doc taught me more than I ever could have learned about teaching students with disabilities. I believe it made me the teacher that I am today. I encourage everyone to give APE a chance! Being a supervisor and an APE minor was the best decision that I could have ever made and hope that the PE majors to come will give it the chance that it deserves!

 

 
Ashley Bosak 2005

Ashley Bosak

Areas studied in school:  Kinesiology,Teacher Certification, Minor in Health Sciences,Minor in Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?: No

How the minor affected you: I was never sure that being an Adapted Minor was for me. After taking KIN 205, I knew that it was. Being an Adapted Physical Education Minor at West Chester has opened up so many opportunities for me. Traveling to Alaska to be a part of Camp Abilities is probably one of the coolest things I have ever done and I encourage everyone to make the trip.

What are you doing now?:  Looking for a teaching position

What your future goals are:  To become a full time teacherm eventually get my masters in Kinesiology or Sports Administration

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:  Never forget why you wanted to teach. Never forget why you wanted to change the lives of children that are so often forgotten. Never forget who helped you along the way.

 

 
Laura Bontempo 2009
Laura Bontempo

Areas studied in school:  Nutrition and Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?: No

How the minor affected you:  The Adapted Physical Education minor has taught me a lot about myself and my ability to positively impact the lives of others. Through working with the athletes and other West Chester students, I have learned how to be a good role model and inspire students with disabilities to strive for excellence and never say they can't. Since entering the program, I have decided to go back to school to become certified in American Sign Language.

What are you doing now?: I am employed through SPIN (Special People in Northeast)-currently working as a paraprofessional (teacher's aide) in a variety of classes including Head Start, Early Intervention, Autistic Support, and Pre-K Counts. I'm in the process of going back to school for either American Sign Language Interpreter or a Special Education Teaching Certification.

What your future goals are:  Become certified in American Sign Language and continue to work with students in athletic settings such as Special Olympics.

 
Justin Wright 2009

 

Areas studied in school:  Kinesiology (Health & Physical Education), Minors in : Health & Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?:  Not currently

How the minor affected you:  The minor provided me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to have a major impact in the educational field. The major thing that I have noticed is that the Adapted Physical Education minor provided me with overwhelming skills in the form of adapting lessons to better fit each student's individual needs.

What are you doing now?:  I was teaching Health & Physical Education at a Special Needs school in Manayunk until July 2009. Currently I am a 1 on 1 teacher in the West Chester School District at Fern Hill Elementary.

What your future goals are:  I plan to attend graduate school at West Chester University for Educational Counseling to become a school based counselor hopefully starting January 2010.

 
Mark DeEmilio 2008

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education with Adapted Physical Education minor

APENS Certified?:  No

How the minor affected you:   The Adapted Physical Education minor at West Chester affected me in many positive ways. It provided me with a chance to learn, teach, and interact with people who have disabilities. It provided me with a chance to gain knowledge and to advocate for people with disabilities. It also provided me with a chance to educate others who may not have a disability. It provided me with a close group of friends and professional network that share the same ideas and may help me in my career. The minor also played an instrumental role in my ability to find a job. Employers are very interested and fascinated with someone who has the ability to educate everyone in their class and through the minor I learned various teaching strategies, how to modify equipment and activities, how to assess, and how to create a safe and successful learning environment for people with disabilities.

What are you doing now?:   I currently am a Physical Education teacher at The Academy in Manayunk, which is located in the heart of downtown Manayunk. AIM is a school for children 1st-10th grade who have learning disabilities. AIM will have its first graduating class in 2010. I teach Physical Education to students 6th through 12th grade. In addition, I also co-teach a leadership class where we talk about many issues such as:

Metacognition: knowing yourself as a learner and how to self-advocate

Goal Setting and learning to monitor progress towards meeting personal goals

Relationships: developing discriminating tastes in friends, identifying characteristics that make people good friends, dealing with friendship troubles, relational aggression, bullying

Conflict Resolution and Interpersonal Problem Solving

Decision Making, Assertiveness, Communication Skills

Leadership and understanding personal leadership style

Identity and personal interests and expression

Being Safe-personal safety, cyber safety, cyber bullying

Emotional Wellness-Understanding Anxiety, Depression, ADHD

What your future goals are: My future goals are to continue teaching children and having an impact on their life. I would also like to obtain a Master's degree in Education Administration and become an administrator.

 
Dan Karlyn 2008

Dan K

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education minor

APENS Certified?:  No

How the minor affected you:  The minor helped me by making me a more well rounded teacher. Not only am I prepared to teach students with disabilities but I can use the strategies and techniques I learned to teach and modify activities for regular education students of all learning levels.

What are you doing now?:   I am currently searching for a full time job. I subsitute teach in the Neshaminy School district where I also coach 8th Grade Baseball and 7th Grade Soccer.

What your future goals are: My future goals are to get a full time health and physical education job, get my masters (not sure in what) and become head coach of a varsity baseball program.

 
Mark Young 2009

Mark

Areas studied in school:  Health & Physical Education with minors in Adapted Physical Eduation and Health.

How the minor affected you:  The Adapted Physical Education minor provided me with a great opportunity to work with children with disabilities. This allowed me to develop myself as a Health & Physical Education Educator. The minor also served as a great way to connect with my fellow classmates and to make numerous contacts throughout the surrounding school districts.

What are you doing now?: Currently working with the Agora Cyber Charter School as a Health and Physical Education teacher.

What your future goals are: To continue my work as a physical educator and become involved with disability programs in my area.

 

 
Stephanie Brady 2006

Steph Brady

Areas studied in school: Health & Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified?:  Not yet

How the minor affected you:  The minor changed my life forever. I am the teacher and person I am today because of all the children, athletes, and professionals I have worked with. The minor gave me all new outlooks on life, new goals, new perspectives, and allowed me to find a passion that I did not realize I possessed.

What are you doing now?: Currently, I teach 9th grade Health and Physical Education at Neptune High School (NJ) and I am their Girls' JV Lacrosse coach. I will be coaching JV Basketball this winter at a different school. I will be attending another USA Women's Goalball Trials camp in Birmingham, AL in November.

What your future goals are: My future goals include becoming a CAPE. I would love to teach APE for a school district, or teach PE at a school for the blind. My ULTIMATE goal is to own and direct an all year adapted sports camp.

 

 
Kelly Duke 2006

Kelly

Areas studied in school:  Health and Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education minor, Master's Degree Educational Leadership

How the minor affected you:  The decision to complete the minor was by far the best decision I made in my college career. This minor provided me with with the best experiences and opportunities that a future physical education teacher would need in order to feel comfortable and confident in the teaching profession. Through the completion of the minor, I had the opportunity to work with a number of different children with a variety of different physical and cognitive disabilities. While working with these children I learned how to to adapt any lesson to help the students learn the skills in order to be successful. One experience in particular was my trip to Tucson, Arizona where I was a camp counselor at Camp Abilities. At camp I worked one-on-one with a camper that was blind While working with her I realized the amount of patience, compassion, and determination a teacher needs in order to help a student learn. I also realized how rewarding it was to watch her complete a task we worked so hard on all week! Although it was tough at the tmie completing this minor, I truly think it helped me to get where I am today. I would like to thank my fellow classmates that completed the minor with me for all their help and support as well as Dr. Lepore who was always there to answer a question and explain something further!

What are you doing now?: I'm currently in my third year at Garnet Valley Elementary School in the Garnet Valley School District. I teach health and physical education to students in third, fourth, and fifth grade. I'm piloting a new Fitness Club after school introducing dance, aerobics, yoga, and weight training. I just finished my master's degree from Neumann University and plan to take more classes over the summer. Now that I'm done my masters I would like to do some volunteering with the Special Olympics and maybe coach basketball.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area: Although it might seem daunting at first to complete an extra 15 or something credits along with your major but trust me it is completely worth it in the end not only for your future but for you to grow as a person.

 

 
Bob Tierney 2009

Areas studied in school:  Health and Physical Education, minor in Health Sciences and Adapted Physical Education

How the minor affected you:  The minor affected me because it allowed me the ability to make great friends and work with children with disabilities at the same time. I knew my heart was truly into the minor and I was making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, when I single handedly showered and dressed four children at Camp Abilities Arizona. This minor allowed me to accomplish things I never thought possible, and share great bonds with both children and fellow students.

What are you doing now?  Right now I am a substitute teacher in the Council Rock and Neshaminy School Districts in Southeastern PA. I also work as an unpaid assistant to the Council Rock South Men's Varsity Basketball team.

What your future goals are: One future goal I have is to become a full time Health and Physical Education educator in a suitable school district in which I am comfortable teaching in. I would like to reach out to every student by going to whatever means possible to enhance individual learning.

Additional information you believe would be important for future Adapted Physical Education minors and parents of children with disabilities who might be looking for an Adapted Physical Education Professional in their area:    It is because of you and all your hard work that a minor for Adapted Physical Education even exists. This minor is something that has allowed me to grow as a person and really touch the lives of children. The experiences I had in the minor will stick with me forever, and it is something well worth getting involved with.

 
Steve Kobithen 2008

Areas studied in school: Kinesiology/Adapted Physical Education minor

APENS Certified?:  No

How the minor affected you: The minor opened my eyes up to another world. Showed me stuff that people with a disability do that I never dreamed of. I am a huge advocate now and always offer to get someone involved in a new sport or activity if they have recently become disabled or are just looking for help because they have had a disability their whole life.

What are you doing now?  Working in the family commercial roofing business

What your future goals are:  To eventually retire from roofing after I hae made myself a nice living and then teach. ( I love to teach kids)

 

 
Andrew Silverman 2008

Health & Physical Education Teacher Cert., Minors in Adapted P.E. and Coaching

Working as a full time Health and Physical Education Teacher for the School District of Philadelphia

Coaching College Tennis as the Men's and Women's Assistant Coach at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia

Middle School Boy's Basketball Coach, started an afterschool Hip Hop Dance Class for 3rd and 4th graders in connection with the ASAP Program. I still volunteer with BSO(Blind Sports Organization) with beep baseball and Goalball.

The minor affected me in a very positive and eye opening way. Not only did I learn a lot, but it also gave me opportunities to do things I would have never thought possible. I was able to travel around the country and meet other professionals with the same ideas, and goals as myself and meet people that were just as passionate as I am about giving quality physical education to ALL children. Between organizing and founding the Camp Abilities benefit concert, being a coach at 3 different Camp Abilities around the country, getting involved with the PA state blind sports teams (which I still do, to this day), seeing paralympics trials in Maryland, and helping out so many different types of children, I don't think I would be as humble and well rounded as I am now without those great opportunities. And the bset part of it was the people I got to spend time with and being able to form bonds that will last a lifetime. You feel special to be part of this great program, and as challenging as it can be at different points, its a worthwhile challenge that you will be better off for doing. Never lose your passion to be an educator and a good role model. Practice what you preach,learn every day, and stick to your guns.

 
Justin Daberkoe 2009

I am currently an adapted Physical Education Teacher at Wordsworth Academy in Fort Washington, PA. I am finising up my first year there. During the summer I am a coach at Camp Abilities PA for tandem biking.

 
Lauren Ginoma 2009

I am currently teaching as a long term substitute at Twin Valley High School until June of this year. I started in January and I'm hoping to find a full time position in the fall. This summer is up in the air and I'm looking to be a part of camps and such!

 
Meghan Halberstadt 2009

I am currently subbing in local school districts in the area, and working at CBFYMCA with fellow WCU graduate Brooke Johnston in the STARS program (swim, gym, and fitness classes for youth and adults with disabilities). I am hoping to find full time employment for the 2010-2011 school year.

 
Beverly Schmitz 2009

I am currently subbing and wroking at a fitness studio , and will be working at Bancroft as a one-on-one this summer.

 

 
Matt Marhevka 2009

BS Health & Physical Education, Minors in Health Sciences & Adapted Physical Education

APENS Certified? Yes, January 2010

How the minor affected you: The minor affected me in more ways than I can count. It WAS the only thing at the tme at WCU that affected me the most. First and foremost the minor taught me that differently-abled people are not disabled. That every student can succeed when given the correct accomodations and modifications. It provided me with hands on learning and experiences with teaching students with disabilities. Overall, it made me a better teacher for students with and without disabilities. The friendships I was able to make through the minor will be everlasting. Lastly, though my experiences and certifications it made me a much more marketable candidate for jobs.

I am currently a full time Health & Physical Education teacher at Ore Valley Elementary in the Dallastown Area School District.

I want to continue to work with and teach students with disabilities. I want to continue my education and obtain my master's degree.

One final thought, though the minor can be a lot of work at times, it is worth every minute you spend with it. If it was easy, everyone would do it. It will teach you to become a better overall Health and Physical Education teacher. You will join into a family where there will always be someone to help you with anything you may ever need. And most importantly, you will positively impact students' lives in more ways than you will ever know.