Meet the Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Physical Education minor Sport Coaching CPR Certified
Mrs. Whitney King
Hello, my name is Whitney King. I am so excited to be the P.E. coach again this year at HEART Academy (JNES)! I am married to my husband, Colby, and we are proud parents to our two precious daughters (8 yrs & 10 months). Along with teaching Physical Education here at HEART Academy at JNES, I coach softball for Athens Middle School and for the Germantown Red Devils 16U based out of Memphis Tennessee. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my family, watch my little brother swim for AHS, and I also enjoy RZR trail riding with friends.
I graduated from Athens High School in 2013. I recieved my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Sport Coaching from Auburn University in December 2017, where I was a member of the Auburn Softball team from 2014-2017. I am currently obtaining my Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of West Alabama. I started my teaching career January 2018 at JNES, and have had a blast doing what I love the past 2.5 years!
EXPECTATIONS FOR P.E. CLASS
1. Tennis Shoes are a must! - I cannot allow a child to participate in P.E. class without tennis shoes due to safety reasons. 4 days or more without tennis shoes per 9 weeks results in a drop in a letter grade.
2. Students will keep jewerly such as necklaces and bracelets in their classroom and not bring them to P.E. class.
3. Students will keep toys, food, candy, gum and other items such as these at home or in the classroom and not bring them to P.E. class.
4. Students will walk into the gym quietly and sit down at their own personal exercise spot.
5. Students will participate, give their best effort, and show great sportsmanship daily.
6. Students will keep their hands, feet, and other objects to themselves at all times during P.E. class.
7. Students will line-up quietly on their designated class line at the end of P.E. class every day.
Please feel free to email me anytime about anything! My email address is: email@example.com
STAYING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, as your child’s physical educator, I wanted to do my part to encourage our students to stay active, wherever possible.
The Alabama Board of Education Physical Education Standards state that physical education is an essential component of the educational preparation of Alabama students. Strong evidence demonstrates that the physical fitness and health status of children and youth are substantially enhanced by frequent physical activity. Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that regular physical activity has a positive impact on cognitive skills, attitudes, and academics, which are important for improving academic outcomes. Physical activity enhances concentration and attention and improves classroom behavior.
I truly believe that physical activity matters during this period more than ever. As you are all aware, the CDC is now recommending against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel. Being active in a way that can be done in the comfort of your own home can improve our children’s physical health, which again right now is more important than ever in my opinion; therefore, I would like to share some exercises and stretches with my students that could be done from home.
EVERYDAY EXERCISES/STRETCHES :
- 15-30 Jumping Jacks
- Stretch and touch toes for 10-20 seconds
- Feet apart, stretch and touch toes and reach for right foot for 10-20 seconds
- Feet apart, stretch and touch toes and reach for left foot for 10-20 seconds
- 10-20 big Arm-Circles going forward
- 10-20 big Arm-Circles going backwards
- 10-20 big Bear-Hugs (Students say “Hug Yourself”)
- 10-20 big Arm-Swings (Students call these “Monkeys”)
- 10-20 seconds of right arm across body, pull-up at the elbow using left arm
- 10-20 seconds of left arm across body, pull-up at the elbow using right arm
- 10-20 seconds of right arm over-head, pulling down at the elbow with left arm
- 10-20 seconds of left arm over-head, pulling down at the elbow with right arm
- 5-10 Forward Lunges on both sides
- 5-10 Backward Lunges on both sides
- 5-10 Side Lunges on both sides
- 10-20 seconds, sitting on bottom, feet straight in front, legs straight, reaching for toes
- 10-20 seconds, sitting on bottom, legs apart, legs straight, reaching for right foot
- 10-20 seconds, sitting on bottom, legs apart, legs straight, reach for left foot
- 10-20 seconds, sitting on bottom, legs apart, legs straight, reach in the middle
- 15-30 seconds, Butterfly Stretch
- 5-10 Pushups (cues: flat back, straight-arm to bent elbow/L-shaped)
- 5-30 Sit-ups (cues: shoulders touch ground every time, hands slide past knees every time)
- 20-45 second Plank holds (cues: flat back, L-shaped arm/elbows)
- 5-15 Standing Squats (cues: heels on the ground, bottom to heels, chest up)
(Each locomotor skill to be performed 3-5X around living room each)
- sliding (playing defense like a basketball player)
- 2 feet kangaroo jumps
- 1 foot bunny hops
- Frankenstein kicks
Other Active Ideas:
- Just Dance on Wii, PlayStation, or Xbox
- Dance Dance Revolution on Wii, PlayStation, or Xbox
- Wii Sports
- Cosmic Kids Flexibility shows on YouTube
- Learning how to tie shoes (learning videos on YouTube)
- Going for a walk, run, or jog
Again, these are just general ideas that involve little to no contact that I am using to encourage and motivate our students to get up and move during this period at home. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.