Since the 1970s the child obesity rate in the U.S. has nearly tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As the rates climb, the importance of physical education for children becomes more and more critical.
As a teacher, Shannon Nash, physical education teacher education (BS 2009), realizes the need for leaving a lasting impression for a healthy and active lifestyle for every student.
“The connections made with the students in all the grade levels and seeing the excitement and joy in their faces while learning and engaging in physical activity is my favorite part about physical education,” Said Nash.
Currently, Nash is working as an action-based learning specialist at Ridgemont Elementary in Texas. She is a curriculum writer for health and PE in her school district and serves on the district’s PE Leadership Cadre. In the past year, her school was recognized nationally in the Let’s Move program and was designated as one of America’s Healthiest Schools by Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Nash recalls her time as a PETE student and the experiences that helped her prepare for her career.
“The experiences that I had at WVU have influenced me to continue to be a lifelong learner in my field and to continue to grow as an educator. They also prepared me for every challenge I have faced thus far. WVU has provided me with a strong foundation to adapt and implement all that I have learned while in college,” said Nash.
The Pennsylvania native remembers what it’s like to be an undergrad. She has advice for current and future CPASS students.
“Study and learn so that you will be an expert in your field upon graduation. Collaborate with your peers and professors at WVU and beyond. Collaboration is key to developing your craft. There are so many great ideas and people to learn from in your field,” said Nash.