Originally published April 12, 2023 in the Pipestone County Star.
By Sirrina Martinez
Where are they now?
Day in and day out, those who have graduated from Pipestone Area Schools make a difference in the lives of those around them. Sometimes, they venture out past the county line and experience the unusual and interesting world we live in. Some never really leave, or perhaps come back to build a life and a family, and others just visit from time-to-time to catch up with those they love.
Recently, Sarah Brockberg, a Pipestone native and 1998 graduate of Pipestone-Jasper High School, who lives in Colorado, was honored as one of four recipients of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) 2023 Adapted Physical Education District Teacher of the Year Award, at the SHAPE America National Convention in Seattle.
According to the Colorado Department of Education’s website, adapted physical education (PE) is provided to students whose needs cannot be sufficiently addressed in a regular physical education program. An adapted physical education teacher is an educationally trained professional that is capable of assessing students as individuals, and developing, adapting and implementing specialized physical education programs in the motor function domain of the human body.
Brockberg’s interest in physical education was initially sparked, she said, through the mentoring of her school’s athletic director and track coach.
“Growing up and having the late Mr. Nangle as a mentor, I knew I wanted to obtain a degree as an athletic director,” she said.
After graduating high school, she pursued her passion, attending Mankato State University (now known as the Minnesota State University, Mankato) on a track scholarship for two years, before transferring to Southwest Minnesota State University where she graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in teaching kindergarten through 12th grade health and physical education. Shortly after that, she was offered a teaching position in Fountain, Colo., at the Fountain-Fort Carson High School. There, she taught swimming, health and physical education. She also coached in the areas of swimming, tennis, volleyball, and track and field, and served as the assistant coach for the Air Force Women’s Gymnastics Team.