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Chris Fish (Midwest District AAHPERD Student President Elect) will complete his student teaching experience fall of 2011. His final semester will include eight weeks teaching at the middle school level and finish with his final eight weeks at the elementary level. Chris will be graduating in December from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Physical Education and a Minor in Health Education. Chris grew up in Belvidere, IL and graduated from Belvidere High School in 2005. After graduating from high school, he attended Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, IL where he played baseball for two years and received his associate's degree.
Chris's dream and passion has been to work with and educate children through physical education. Chris has dedicated his time since his junior year in high school volunteer coaching in his local community both at the YMCA and Belvidere Youth Baseball. After seeing a local news paper article and following up on the contact information provide. Chris has found himself also volunteering at the Rockford Park District. His duties at the park district include working on-field with students with disabilities both supervising and "umpiring" their league games. Chris finds himself involved with multiple local volunteer opportunities which show his support for the growth of his community and the uprising of youth athletes and students.
Chris also enjoys being highly involved in the schools physical education program. He is the former president of the kinesiology and physical education majors club at Northern Illinois University. Chris has been privileged to receive a scholarship this past year and present at Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conferences for three years 2008-2010. Meanwhile, he travels each year since being a student to the Springfield, Illinois capital building and advocates to state legislators on behalf of physical education. Chris has had the wonderful opportunity to attend, volunteer and most recently receive the National Association for Sport and Physical Education major of the year award at the national level at the 2011 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in San Diego, CA.
Chris finds himself very busy all year round, which stems from strong core family values that help him propel as a person and professionally. He has learned to work hard for what he has and to always put others before himself in life. Needless to say educating and helping others is what Chris lives for. Last but not least, in his spare time Chris finds himself working on his collection of classic cars, working at the local hardware store, and most importantly relaxing with his family and friends.