Congratulations to Cindy Ferek and Turner Ashby High School! On Monday December 8th, 2014 she was awarded the Farmer’s Insurance Thank A Million Teachers grant totaling $100,000! None of this would have been possible without Cindy’s passion for biking, her students, and a healthy active lifestyle. Furthermore, Cindy’s dream of winning this grant would not have happened without all of you, and your support in voting for her over the past two months. Focused Fitness Trainer Alex O’Brien had this to say about Cindy and the award:
Monday was emotional for Chuck Mansley and myself. This has been a long time coming for Cindy. She started out writing grants 17 years ago to acquire a fleet of bikes. She has a fleet now and this money will be used to build a fitness trail surrounding Turner Ashby High School. I think the reason it was so emotional for me is because I’ve talked with Cindy quite a bit along this #thankateacher journey. Each day I would log on and vote because I knew that my vote mattered. Bottom line, this money is going to improve health and fitness in kids…that is a game changer for me, and I can’t be happier for my friend. It just goes to show ya that you have to shoot for the stars. That way, even if you fail, you’re on top of the world.
Cindy’s news story can be found by Clicking Here, or check out the cindy ferek press release. In case you missed it, check out the Chuck Mansley interview with Cindy before the voting had even begun, over two months ago.
Taylor Mali is a teacher, and an inspiration to the profession. He has many wonderful poems but we wanted to share this one with you in the heat of summer. Why? Because as teachers summer is often the time we step out of the classroom (not all of us of course) and live a different life. Sometimes we take on a life of another job or use our time to spend with family, to finish unfinished projects, and maybe, just maybe, some of us even find time for ourselves. Although most don’t need motivation to get back to work and start a new school year, a poem to inspire can’t hurt. As Mr. Mali puts it, “Education is the miracle and I’m just the worker. I’m a teacher. And that’s what we do.”
Focused Fitness wants to wish you the best this summer, because you deserve it! Thank you for making a brighter tomorrow everyday!
We had a blast at JMU this year! As usual, it was a group of amazingly passionate, and talented educators. From collaborating and sharing ideas as a group, to hanging out with ‘Chris the ROCKSTAR’ from VA Beach, to ‘The Incredibles’ from Fairfax…JMU was one for the record books!
Who says you can’t have fun while you’re learning? You know what they say…. That learning is a serious business. No time for fun and games. Well, we here at Focused Fitness are going to prove them wrong!
We believe that learning can be so much more than boring lectures. Learning the Focused Fitness way is FUN! At this year’s Summer Institute you will have fun while you learn new, exciting, and cutting-edge techniques to take back to your classrooms!
Join us in beautiful Spokane, Washington this year for our Summer Institute. You will return home armed with programs and ideas to inspire your co-workers and your students. You will return home with a smile on your face. You will be able to transfer that smile to the hundreds of kids who are lucky enough to have you as their teacher!
Mishicot School District is located in Mishicot, Wisconsin. They are in their second year of a Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant. Focused Fitness is proud to be a partner in developing QPE in the district. At the last training Chris Krepline spoke with us about one way he motivates and inspires students. The picture is their “Heart of a Champion” belt. Chris had this made to give to students who prove that they have the heart of a champion by achieving goals, helping fellow students, teachers or staff, or if they just have a positive attitude. (Chris gives it for a variety of reasons) The student keeps/wears it for a day.
Mischicot Teachers Left to Right: Linda Schuette, Chris Krepline, Matt Dirkmann, Bob Hagenow
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. We all have those teachers that we remember from our childhood. Today Focused Fitness would like to thank all teachers for what they do. Not just school teachers, but anyone who has ever helped anybody learn. The gift of knowledge is important to everyday life, and Focused Fitness wants to thank all teachers for helping make this world a better place!
If you are on social media and want to share something to the teachers out there, #ThankATeacher