Tchoukball in PE? The Insights of a PE Teacher.
Shari C. Frank, M. Ed, Physical Education, and Special Education, University of Hawaii and George Mason University, has over 20 years of experience teaching health and physical education at all levels of public school and 5 years at the collegiate-level.
Shari started her teaching career as a PE specialist grades K-8 in the state of Georgia, where she also coached boys’ and girls’ basketball, girls’ softball, and boys’ football. After 5 years, she moved into the fitness industry as a fitness equipment specialist and personal trainer. She returned to the educational field to teach for the University of Hawaii. She taught undergraduate PE methods and was involved in a leadership program partnering the University of Hawaii’s College of Education and the state’s Department of Education. As a member of the Hawaii Association of Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance, she presented movement education and cross-curricular topics at elementary and middle school workshops.
Returning to the mainland, Shari started teaching at a middle school and working as a personal trainer in northern Virginia. In 1999, she began teaching adapted physical education to students with severe and multiple disabilities. This new interest led to a Master’s in Special Education in 2005 and subsequent presentations at district level professional in-services on the topic of inclusion, modification, and accommodation for special needs. Shari currently teaches at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in the Exercise Science Department, where she instructs classes on health and fitness.
In 2003, Shari became involved with Tchoukball and participated in the International Tchoukball Festival held in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has presented at several major PE/Health conferences in Florida, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Utah, and West Virginia.
In this interview, Shari describes what were her motivations to introduce Tchoukball to her students, and why does she like the game.
You can contact Shari Frank by e-mail at: sfrankatbloomu.edu
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