A pedagogy and curriculum specialist, she trained and served in Washington, DC performing teacher evaluations & coaching, facilitating professional development and managing curriculum projects. Kathleen saw an opportunity to provide specialized professional development in areas such as teacher effectiveness, school culture, health and PE, Art, and effective leadership. These key areas, along with community engagement are imperative to student success. A firm believer in educating the whole person, she recognized where today’s approach to reform needs a Champion.
Kathleen’s experience encompasses urban and suburban districts. From upstate New York, to the heart of Little Havana, Miami to our Nations Capital, she understands that while there are vastly different needs, The Champion Initiative’s approach will work for all communities. As a former school leader and facilitator of the Healthy Schools initiative, she successfully engaged in creating a school culture that supported healthy teachers and children.
Kat is equipped with tremendous experience, knowledge and skills for providing professional development. She owns her own Consulting Company, The Champion Initiative. The Champion Initiative is comprised of former teachers, master educators, administrators, community non-profit instructors and professional development facilitators from all over the world with the passion to re-define “well-rounded” education. I hope you will want to learn more and visit her site also by clicking on the Learn More button below. (Tell her I sent you!)
K-12 Coordinator, Health & Physical Education
Westport Public Schools
Dave Gusitsch is passionate about comprehensive, quality Health and Physical Education and the role that it plays in educating the “whole child”. In addition to serving as the K-12 Coordinator of Health & Physical Education for the Westport Public Schools, he serves on the WPS Health and Wellness Committee, the CTAHPERD Executive Council, the Connecticut Cadre of Physical Education Trainers, and is the facilitator of HPE coordinators in southwest Connecticut. He was also the Project Director for the 2013-16 PEP Grant for WPS and their program was featured in the Harvard Education Letter article, “The ‘new PE’ aims to build bodies and brains” (January/February, 2015).
Dave’s presentation experiences include CTAHPERD, MAHPERD Leadership Conference, Eastern District SHAPE, The National Physical Education and School Sport Institute, and SHAPE America. He has presented on the topic of Standards Based Health and Physical Education at the state, regional and national level. He also regularly presents to future general education professionals about the benefits of movement in learning at Sacred Heart University. And, Dave has been a featured guest discussing curriculum scope, sequence and mapping on the SHAPE America podcast.
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