Meet the Staff
|Bethe Almeras, MS|
I can sum up what I do in two words: Play Evangelist. I love to work with "grown-ups" (educators, parents, policy makers – you name it!) to promote the importance of play, time in nature and the role of joy in childhood. I share this passion through presentations and trainings, educational resources, blogging and social media outlets, eLearning experiences – and any other way I can think of! I have worked with individuals from "cradle to grave," and also specialize in inclusive education for children with disabilities. I truly believe that play and time in nature is the best way to reach and teach everyone, regardless of age or ability. You can follow my pro-play platform at The Body Smart Blog, The Grass Stain Guru and on Twitter @HSBS_Play. See ya outside!
Education & Outreach Coordinator
I majored in Recreation, Parks and Tourism largely because of my enjoyment of being outdoors. Growing up in Reston, Virginia, I was lucky enough to spend 99% of my time outdoors. Whether it was climbing trees, hiking through the acres upon acres of wooded land that made up my backyard, swimming in the local neighborhood pools, playing soccer, field hockey, or lacrosse, I was always outside. Not much has changed for me, as I regularly like to take advantage of the numerous trails that Reston has to offer… and in the summer you can always find me pool-side. I am looking forward to my new position here at Head Start Body Start and spreading the word about the importance of outdoor play and physical activity.
|Paula Keyes Kun, MS|
Communications Director, NASPE
Paula is the director of communications for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), where she oversees media relations, publications, periodicals, and corporate partnerships. Before joining NASPE nearly two decades ago, she managed the communications unit for MetLife Insurance Company in New York City. She assists HSBS with their media relations and marketing efforts. Paula has a BA in English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MS in journalism from Ohio University.