Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Physical Education Theory and Practice
Written and Verbal Communication
I am a graduate student at West Virginia University working on a dissertation under the direction of Dr. Emily Jones and Dr. Sean Bulger. Currently I am working on completing my data analysis and generating the final manuscript. I expect to complete all work for the Ph.D. by August 2012. My teaching experience combined with my doctoral course work and research background in physical education pedagogy makes me a strong candidate for the position outlined in your notice. I’ve had excellent opportunities to teach a variety of physical education pedagogy courses during my graduate studies, including foundational courses in pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge courses, elementary methods, and a variety of activity courses. During my time as a graduate student I also had the opportunity to work closely with faculty in the development and delivery of an instructional technology course geared toward physical education. Among the most satisfying experiences for me as a graduate assistant has been the opportunity to work closely with pre-service teachers, children and practitioners in the K-12 setting. During my time as a graduate student I have served as a clinical supervisor for pre-service teachers during early field experiences. I also have been a university supervisor for student teachers during culminating field placements. These opportunities have enabled me to remain connected with practitioners and students in the K-12 setting. My experience in the K-12 setting has been further strengthened because I am currently a physical education teacher at Mylan Park Elementary. My role at Mylan Park has yielded me the opportunity to teach children in the K-12 setting, mentor pre-service teachers during field placements, and serve as an advocate for physical education.