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Physical education is a profession that is often viewed through different lenses. Parents, PE teachers, classroom teachers and administrators all have different opinions about what a program should offer and how it should be taught. This month’s Huddle will take a comprehensive look at a number of issues related to physical education through a discussion with two special administrators. Both started their careers as physical education teachers converted to classroom teachers, and have been principals for a number of years. They have excelled in all three roles and both have unique perspectives on quality physical education and the role it serves in the school setting. Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful discussion.
Andrea Erickson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in physical education and elementary education. She holds a graduate degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix and is a certified AMI Montessori Administrator. Andrea taught physical education for the Mesa Public Schools for 6 years. She then transitioned to the classroom and taught both primary and intermediate grade levels. She has served as a principal in two districts and has excelled in both. She is known for transforming underperforming schools to high levels of excellence. Ms. Erickson’s efforts have resulted in numerous accolades and awards. Currently, she is implementing the first public Montessori School for the school district.
Dr. Robert Pangrazi is a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University and an Educational Consultant for Gopher Sport. Dr. Pangrazi has been in the education field over 50 years. He began his career as a 5th grade teacher and was an ASU professor of physical education for 32 years. Pangrazi has published over 60 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles. He has been an invited speaker at nearly 500 national and international conferences.