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A New School Year: A Game Plan for a Successful Start

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Kick off the school year by tuning in to the August PE Huddle with a focus on “A New School Year: A Game Plan for a Successful Start”. Join our guests Shannon Irwin, Bill Jones, and Richard Edgar as they discuss preparing for the start of school. The start of the school year has a large impact on how you feel about your classes and teaching in general throughout the school year. This month’s speakers have differing amounts of teaching and leadership experience so there will be something for everyone regardless of grade level and experience. This will be a “nuts and bolts” discussion as we discuss faculty issues, working with staff and administrators, and effectively meeting, managing, and teaching your students.

Bill Jones is the Director of Physical Education (Preschool-8th grade) at the University School, serving 870 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. He received his M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has taught and coached for the past thirty-five years at independent schools. He was awarded the Chilcote Chair in Applied and Innovative Learning in 2011-2013 and the Donald C. Molten Chair in Athletics in 2013 – present.

Shannon Irwin has 17 years of experience in Physical Education, pk3-8th grade in both public and Catholic education. She served as an athletic administrator at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Fort Worth, TX and recently was named the Athletic Director for the Catholic Diocese. Shannon regularly shares her expertise by presenting at local, state, and national levels.

Richard Edgar has taught Physical Education in Arizona for 5 years. Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science from Arizona State University and his post-baccalaureate teaching degree from Rio Salado. Before joining Mesa Public Schools, he started the Physical Education program at Eagle College Prep.