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Name: Tecca Kilmer
I have taken an active role in creating programs that teach my community about health, wellness, and fitness related issues. I have created and established a monthly FIT (Families Involved Together) Night at my school. This program fosters an environment in which family togetherness through physical activity is the focus. I have developed and implemented an Olympic Day at my school in May of every year. After spending time during the year studying the Olympics by participating in various Olympic sports and working on appropriately related FCAT activities, students compete in a variety of sports for gold, silver, and bronze medals. I bring in numerous community organizations such as soldiers from MacDill Airforce Base, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's department, and the local high school ROTC to participate in the day's events to truly capture American pride through sports and activity. I have initiated a yearly health fair at my school in order to establish a place where the community receives free health related screenings and testing, valuable information, and knowledge of health related businesses and programs offered in the community. In addition, I have started a monthly club called "Healthy Hearts" that does community outreach and raises money to put towards our grand total for the American Heart Association after our yearly Hoops for Heart event.
I've recently introduced another innovation into my classroom, interactive gaming. Through Xavix equipment, DDR's , and Cat Eye bikes, I have been able to reach students that were once "couch potatoes" and they have developed a desire to work on their fitness levels using the new technology. Our school has also started implementing the use of the gaming equipment as rewards for attendance parties, honor roll, and meeting reading goals.
I focus on various components that add to the development of my students' psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains, while providing opportunity for my students to learn, presenting meaningful content and material, and utilizing appropriate instruction.
Focus is also directed at developing a students' personal responsibility level and improving their self confidence. Students learn that they are ultimately in charge of their health and need to take the steps necessary to be healthy individuals. Acquiring competency in knowledge and skills creates confident and outgoing individuals. Students learn the benefits of exercise and are able to apply it to their lives. This helps to give value to life-long physical activity.
I believe that as a physical educator, it is my responsibility to teach my students to be skillful movers and to be healthy, active individuals throughout their lives. This involves making sure that my students have acquired the skills in order to participate in a variety of sports, games, and activities with competency and enjoyment. Furthermore, it is my mission to teach my students how to care for themselves physically and emotionally. This involves not only teaching them how to be healthy, but why. Once the why is instilled in an individual it gives meaning to what is being done. It is my goal to have my students become life-long participants in physical activity because they know how, why, and have a desire to.
As physical educators, we have a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to live. I can think of no greater job. I love what I do, and to receive this honor is just an added bonus. I appreciate the opportunity to represent the Southern District and NASPE, and will do my best to continue to promote quality physical education.
I help other teachers by participating in new teacher content training for physical education teachers, and by serving as a mentor and advisor to new and experienced teachers within the district. I have supervised and mentored students from local universities, and present to colleagues at local, district, and national conventions.
"Ms. Kilmer, I come to school because of PE!"
"I've had Coach Kilmer for three years, and throughout those years she has been there by my side to support me 100%."
"I've loved learning how to play badminton. I was able to teach my family at our reunion how to play."
"Coach Kilmer is great! She helps me with everything in her class and I wouldn't ask for any other coach."
Aim for the STARS – An overview of the NASPE STARS program with a concentration on how to overcome the obstacles along the way.
How FIT is your school? – FIT (Families Involved Together) is a program that encourages whole families to engage in physical activity. Learn activities that support your program and work for ages 5 to 65.
Olympics at your school – How to hold a school wide event and utilize organizations from your community. Also learn various activities to use throughout the year to promote the values and educational component of the event.