How did you discover Western?
I attended Western from 2003-06 where I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. It was the only four-year school I visited coming out of high school and knew it was a perfect fit for me.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
I have had the opportunity to teach physical education to a variety of age groups through my 12 years of teaching. Whether it was at the elementary, middle school or the collegiate level, I have taught amazing students and worked with remarkable colleagues. Students and colleagues alike have continually influenced me in becoming a stronger teacher and an overall better person. It is the relational aspect of my job that I value the most.
What most excites you about your field?
Exercise & Sport Science is a field that has seen significant growth in recent years. With the major concern and need for change in the health of our society, Exercise & Sport Science professionals are needed at an all-time high. More specifically, K-12 physical education teacher programs are committed to training passionate individuals who understand the need for high-quality physical education—understanding that physical education is one of the first lines of defense in educating and developing healthy practices in children that can be carried with them for a lifetime.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
Of course, the Gunnison Valley has a lot to offer with the plethora of outdoor activities that are available at your doorstep. It is the major reason most people live in Gunnison and why so many tourists visit here year-round. Though the recreational opportunities are a big piece of why I live here, for me it is the small-town experience that keeps me here. I like the fact that it is impossible to go to any public place and not run into someone that you know; or how Main Street downtown shuts down for holiday events, providing fun and safe events for the community; or how the Western students and athletes volunteer their time at the local schools, investing in the lives of children in our community. To me, these qualities set Gunnison apart and make it a special place to live.