PE: It’s not just traditional sports anymore

Originally published March 18, 2018 in the Maui News.


Matthew Snyder thought back to when he first started teaching physical education 15 years ago at Maui Waena Intermediate School.

“It was all traditional sports,” Snyder recalled Thursday. “The state wanted to change its ways, and I completely bought into their philosophy. It’s way different from when I first started teaching.”

Snyder is among a growing number of physical education teachers statewide who have changed how middle schools think about physical fitness and wellness by incorporating yoga, dancing and skateboarding. Over the past few years, the longtime teacher added another alternative exercise: the healing technique Reiki. Read More


D303 physical education teachers inspire kids to be healthy

Originally published Dec. 12, 2017 in the Chicago Daily Herald.

By Dave Heun

Physical education teachers Gus Silva and Russell Williams didn’t waste much time getting students at Richmond Elementary School in St. Charles more interested in healthy lifestyles.

When the National Dairy Council and National Football League launched a Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school health and wellness program about seven years ago, Silva and Williams jumped all over it.

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