From aerobics to becoming an author!
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can find, understand, and use information to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. Integrating literacy in HPE (Health and Physical Education) can improve student’s total health.
Facts like this fuel and inspire Cherisse Thompson’s, Health and Physical Education teacher at Pebblebrook High School, teaching practices. Through studying, researching, learning, and understanding physical and health-related information, Ms. Thompson’s goal is to instruct students about the importance of total health which consists of physical health, mental health, and social health.
As a result, Ms. Thompson’s passion has manifested itself into a children’s book. Ms. Thompson recently published a children’s book titled “Coach Canine and the P.E. Pups.” In the book, students can learn all about football from Coach Canine, a physical education teacher and coach. The puppies learn about the fundamentals of football, motor skills, and strategies. Ms. Thompson’s book is a great example of movement and literacy. Ms. Thompson’s goal is to create additional resources for K-12 physical education. “My objective is to give my students the knowledge that they need to become well-rounded individuals who improve the quality of their lives and the quality of the lives around them. I want to positively impact my students, their families, my co-workers, and the members of my community” says Cherisse.
Ms. Thompson is a wonderful example of Cobb’s commitment to being the best place to teach, lead, and learn. Ms. Thompson teaches Rhythmic and Dance class to serve students who may not have an interest in sports or traditional forms of exercise but love to dance, which is another form of physical activity. Ms. Thompson’s priority when teaching Health and Physical Education classes is to encourage students to get enough rest daily, practice good hygiene, embrace a diet of healthy foods, and seek out medical professionals for check-ups. In her classes, Cherisse addresses student’s personal and social responsibilities and covers topics such as leadership, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. “I hope to leave a lasting impact and change the lives of many through Health and Physical Education.”
Thank you, Ms. Thompson, for your many contributions and educational commitment to the lives of our students’, families, and community!
Elizabeth Price Ed.S, Supervisor
Health & Physical Education