Physical Education Teacher resume example with 11+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Energetic and innovative Physical Educator bringing a 12-year career instructing students from multiple backgrounds with a focus on building relationships in a welcoming and diverse classroom that supports academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of all students. Expert in classroom oversight, creative course planning, and behavior management through an equity and anti-racism lens. Successful at fostering relationships with teachers, administrative leaders, and support specialists to meet individual student needs. Committed to building a culture of health and well-being with students and families by integrating equitable, rewarding, and fun events alongside the community.

  • Relationship Building
  • Engaged and Enthusiastic Approach
  • Problem-Solving
  • Event Coordination
  • Lens for Equity
  • Teamwork
  • Patience and Adaptability
  • Student Advocacy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Imaginative Thinking
Work History
Physical Education Teacher, 08/2012 to Current
Joliet Public Schools District 86Joliet, IL,
  • Advanced teaching practices by participating in Frontlines of Justice PD Series, which focused on education, racial, and social justice through anti-racism work.
  • Developed a learning environment that was safe, respectful, inclusive, and affirming to all identity groups and helped students develop empathy, respect, and an understanding of people that are both similar and different from them.
  • Utilized culturally-relevant curriculum to develop and implement standards-based lesson plans that include an understanding and modeling of independent thinking skills, creative problem-solving, and evidence-based reasoning; differentiating and scaffolding as needed.
  • Applied knowledge of biology, anatomy, and kinesiology to design safe and effective exercises and activities while covering exercise strategies, team and individual sports, lifetime activities, and safety.
  • Instructed students on principles and concepts of healthy living, including benefits of active lifestyles, good nutrition, and stress management.
  • Assessed student performance based on daily, weekly, and unit learning targets that were focused on inclusion, a sense of belonging, and diversity.
  • Used data to adjust short and long-term plans in order to meet students' learning needs.
  • Collaborated with students, families, and colleagues and sought feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and student achievement by diversifying teaching techniques and learning tools to help students with differing ability levels and varied learning modalities.
  • Coordinated with other teachers and specialists to assess struggling students while creating a plan to implement IEPs and 504 plans. Utilized various intervention techniques to help struggling students achieve success.
  • Facilitated district professional development to ensure instructional practices met individual professional development goals.
  • Cultivated and fostered relationships with students, families, and staff based on trust and regular communication. Collaborated regularly with families about academic progress, behavior, and opportunities for their families to be active and a part of the Physical Education environment.
  • Established and maintained high expectations and routines for academic work and classroom behavior (i.e. zones of regulation, restorative practices).
  • Implemented clear expectations and accountability structures to maintain a positive, fun, and focused classroom by pioneering a school wide program that encouraged students to value their own and other's cultures by recognizing and encouraging student leadership and role models in the physical education environment.
  • Maintained accurate records, grade book, communication log, and data tracking systems for 650 students.
  • Trained and supervised 4th grade School Safety Patrol program to promote traffic safety and education.
  • Headed active community opportunities with other Hale community members (i.e. TC Marathon Kid's Events, Minne Loppet, Get in Gear) and provided scholarships, transportation, and equipment for families in need.
  • Developed sustainable recess and "take home equipment" programs that got equipment into students' hands as well as additional opportunities for movement and social interactions with their peers with a $0 budget through grants and the local community partnerships.
  • Implemented Integrated Play Groups with Hale's Citywide Autism Program and same aged peers during weekly specialist time with knowledge gained from action research course.
  • Taught summer school and after school extended learning classes at various MPS sites since 2012.
  • Established the Hale Mileage Club that focused on kids walking, running, biking, scooting, and being active at recess as well as outside of the school day.
  • Co-coached Hale's jump rope team and participated in MPS's Rope Power program since 2012.
  • Served on academic or administrative committees dealing with institutional policies, departmental matters and academic issues (i.e. PDP coordinator, Wellness co-chair, ILT, Equity, interview, curriculum writing, and report card review/rewrite team member).
  • Jump started Walk and Roll to school weeks, Scooter City, Field Days, Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association, PowerUp with Health Partners, Get Fit with the Timberwolves, First Moves with the Cowles Center, as well as other programs and events.
  • Advocated for increased physical education with state representatives to address childhood obesity during the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition.
Lead Instructor, 04/2013 to Current
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  • Cultivated environment that focused on teaching the whole student and developing individual potential by emphasizing character building, cooperative skills, inclusivity, and safety while having fun and increasing students' self-reliance and confidence.
  • Fostered student curiosity and interest through creative hands-on activities, including outdoor and indoor play, recreation, fitness, and adventure in the surrounding community to afford students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of lifetime activities.
  • Developed and taught various classes focused on the skills of biking, hiking, running, kayaking, fishing and ice fishing, geocaching, ice skating, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, broomball, boot hockey, and other local activities that the community had to offer.
  • Instructed participants on activities' goals, procedures, and safety considerations to promote beneficial outcomes for all students while providing knowledge and use of lifetime skills: math, reading, health, nutrition, fitness, wellness, and individual and team related principles and activities.
  • Compiled pictures of all class adventures and activities for families to print, download, and save for future memories.
  • Designed customized client programs for small group events at local parks by factoring in abilities, needs, and interests of participants.
  • Coordinated class registrations and scholarships, instructors, family communication, equipment needs and delivery, navigation for adventures, safety protocols, and facility permits for all classes.
Physical Education and Health Teacher, 08/2009 to 08/2012
Conval School DistrictPeterborough, NH,
  • Conceptualized physical education, fitness, and health unit plans that incorporated Somali culture and language along with interdisciplinary learning into the classrooms.
  • Promoted sportsmanship, developed teamwork, and motivated students to make physical activity and wellness a priority by conveying an enthusiastic attitude.
  • Implemented state reading standards into both the physical education and health curriculums.
  • Organized a courage retreat for 7th and 8th graders led by the organization Youth Frontiers to promote community and build character.
  • Headed 1st ever field day event at Bryn Mawr Park for all students which fostered a growing relationship with the Minneapolis Park Board and allowed for growth in athletic programs.
  • Maintained excellent classroom management skills and an ability to keep students on task through various forms of positive reinforcement as well as establishing and enforcing clear objectives.
  • Implemented after school soccer and basketball teams, Slamming Sports Night, and advanced physical education classes for students who were displaying positive character traits in the classroom.
  • Integrated multiple teaching styles that included visual, tactical, and auditory materials to intensify the range of learning with ELL students.
  • Assessed submitted class assignments, determined grades and reviewed work with struggling students to promote success chance.
  • Actively participated in parent-teacher conferences as well as communicated with families to acknowledge superior work and areas of concern through newsletters, website, report cards, phone calls, and attending community events.
  • Collaborated with colleagues to meet needs of individual and whole groups of students requiring extra support.
  • Built an equipment room with no budget by writing grants and partnering with the community for donations.
Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher, 08/2009 to 08/2012
MN International Middle Charter SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Adapted instructional techniques to age and skill levels of students to foster success in a safe physical education environment.
  • Utilized knowledge of biology, anatomy and kinesiology to design safe and effective activities to enhance student muscle development and balance.
  • Diversified teaching techniques and learning tools help students with differing ability levels and varied learning modalities.
  • Collaborated with other teachers to assess student progress, develop and implement IEP plans, and adjust goals to meet changing demands of students physical abilities and gross motor skills.
  • Administered and evaluated both standardized and non-standardized assessments (i.e. TGMD-2, Bruininks-Osteretsky Test Motor Proficiency, Brockport Physical Fitness Test, and Fitnessgram) to determine the least restrictive environment for individual students.
Master of Science: Applied Kinesiology With Emphasis in P.E., Expected in 06/2009
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
  • Graduated with 3.95 GPA (on 4.0 scale)
Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology With Pre-licensure Emphasis, Expected in 05/2008
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
  • Minored in coaching
  • Graduated with 3.621 GPA (on 4.0 scale)
  • Member of Women's Golf Team 2003-2006
  • State of Minnesota, K-12 Physical Education Licensure (June, 2025)
  • State of Minnesota, Full DAPE Endorsement (June, 2025)
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Infant, Child, and Adult Certification (January, 2023)

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  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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