Fredonia High School
High School Health and Physical Education
679-1581 ext 2501
I am your high school health and physical education teacher, Mrs. Joanne
Just a little bit about me:
I graduated from Fredonia High School in 1991, attended Indiana University
Pennsylvania (IUP)and received my Bachelors degree in Health and Physical
Education in 1995 and then attended IUP graduate school to earn a Masters in
Sports Science with an emphasis in Aquatic Administration in 1996. I then
worked a year at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh as the coordinator
of aquatics and fitness opening the doors to their multi-million dollar
aquatics center. Fredonia always was close to my heart as my hometown and I
knew I eventually would return and did in 1997 getting married and starting
my teaching career at Fredonia!
This is my 15th year of teaching health, physical education and aquatics at
Fredonia High School (with 2 1/2 years of child rearing leave)! I am also
the district school health coordinator and chair the health and wellness
I have two children, a daughter Lindsay, 11 who attends FMS in the sixth
grade and my son Matthew, 8 who is in third grade at Fredonia Elementary.
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and swimming/running/working
out. A personal fitness related goal that I have is
to compete in another (mini) triatholon.
I am looking forward to getting to know each one of you this school
Health Education is essential to the health and learning of children and
adolescents. The health and health-related behaviors of students have a
direct impact on student learning. Health education in school is also
essential as many health behaviors are initated during childhood and are
related to many of the leading and preventable causes of disease, disability
and death in the United States.
The Health Education program at Fredonia High School addresses the physical,
mental, emotional and social dimensions of Health. The program aims to
motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent
disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It includes active
learning strategies to help students to develop the knowledge and skills
need to avoid health risk behaviors.
The High School Health Education Class is:
All teaching and learning is focused on student achievement of learning
standards (both National and New York State).
The goal of Health Education is to make youth health literate in which they
have the knowledge, skills and ability (the KNOW and CAN DO) to maintain and
enhance their personal health and fitness, create and maintain safe
environments and manage personal and community resources.
Students are given the opportunity to learn, practice and apply skills
successfully numerous times giving them competence and confidence to
effectively apply health skills to a variety of health-related situations.
My role as the health educator is to facilitate opportunities and
that engage and challenge young people to access, explore, discover,
question, personalize, apply, adapt and evaluate learning.
This is a positive class building on your existing strengths, skills and
competencies. Health education can build character and young people are
likely to build character and adopt healthy behviors when they know what
have to do, believe they will be able to do it, have successfully practiced
it and believe that the healthy behavior will benefit them.
This class is designed to provide students with real life learning
experiences and personal applications of health knowledge and skills in
relevant situations. Authentic assessments are used to measure the actual
personal application of health knowledge and skills and include personal
wellness plans, logs, reflective journals, demonstrations, simulations, role-
plays, community service learning and other tangible products and