Middle School yoga class stretches beyond physical education requirements

Originally published Feb. 4, 2019 in DailyTrib.com.

By Daniel Clifton

The girls streamed into Marble Falls Middle School teacher Trenton DeSpain’s classroom, bringing with them all of the worries seventh-graders carry, some more serious than others.

“Some of the things they worry about are why this person or that person didn’t talk to them, but some of the things they deal with are a lot bigger,” DeSpain explained. Read More

Warren Township Physical Education Teachers Earn A+

Originally published Jan. 10, 2019 by TapIntoWarren.

By Shannon Regan

Warren Township Physical Education teachers Mr. John Tsihlas (Mr. T) and Mrs. Laura Lamson have been teaching some unique activities and games to Warren Township Schools’ students, their families as well as students from Dickerson Elementary School (Chester, NJ) and educators throughout Somerset and Morris counties.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, over ninety Warren Township Schools’ students and their families attended Tsihlas and Lamson’s Family Fun Fitness Night at Central School (Warren). Tsihlas and Lamson planned activities that would be fun for any age group. Read More

Physical education is just as important as any other school subject

Originally published Oct. 3, 2018 by The Conversation.

By Andrew Sprake And Clive Palmer

Physical education (PE) is often viewed as a marginal subject within the curriculum. And many secondary schools actively reduce PE time to make way for what are deemed more “serious” or “important” subjects.

Research from the Youth Sport Trust shows that 38% of English secondary schools have cut timetabled PE for 14- to 16-year-olds. One of the main reasons for this is the increased pressure to produce exam results. Much of the time pupils would usually spend in PE lessons is now spent receiving extra tutoring on topics other than PE. Read More

Wasilla High School physical education teacher honored by Wasilla Sunrise Rotary

Originally published Sept. 19, 2018 in the Frontiersman.

By Jacob Mann

Susan Allen has only taught at Wasilla High School. That’s where she plans to end her tenure, perhaps in six years but she’s isn’t sure yet. On Monday, the Wasilla Sunrise Rotary presented Allen with their annual Rotary Teacher of the Year Award for her countless hours invested in the classroom and on the field.

“It’s just remarkable what she’s done for this school over the years,” Susitna Sunrise Rotary Past President Dan Kennedy said. “It’s wonderful.” Read More