Exclusive: Survey reveals majority of general public want PE to become core subject in schools

Originally published May 15, 2019 in The Telegraph.

By Jeremy Wilson

A decisive majority of the general public want more physical activity in schools and would support enhancing physical education to core subject status, according to new research commissioned by the Youth Sports Trust.

The major survey of adults, of whom many were parents, demonstrated a clear national belief in the wide-ranging benefits of sport and also only limited support for cutting PE in schools to allow for additional tuition in the three core subjects of English, maths and science. Read More

Fresh lunches only a part of district emphasis on wellness

Originally published May 6, 2019 in The Daily Sentinel.

By Katie Langford

School District 51 leaders are revamping their approach to student and staff wellness through better nutrition, new ideas to get active and more outreach to parents and families.

At the center of that effort is wellness coordinator Ayme Zortman, who taught physical education at Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School for 13 years. Read More

Meet the Teacher: Physical education instructor tells students to ‘be different, be you’

Originally published June 11, 2018 in the Queen Creek Independent.

Name: Kimberly Cowell

Age: 30

School: Queen Creek Middle School

Why you chose to work in the district: Queen Creek Unified School District has always been one of the most respected districts in the state of Arizona. I knew that if I was able to work in such a highly respected district I would be able to grow as an educator and be able to make my contribution to continue the legacy of high-quality education. Read More