Phone: IA: 269-4630
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness with a minor in Small Business Arizona State University, 2005 Masters of Physical Education Arizona State University, 2008
Mrs. Amy DeSylvester
Welcome to physical education! The physical education program is part of the total curriculum that contributes, primarily through movement experiences, to the overall growth and development of all children. The main goal of physical education is to get children excited about a lifetime of physical activity!
Defining Moment in Education
As a child, I realized that physical activity was my outlet to cope with the academic and social stressors that came up throughout my educational journey. I was involved in many sports and had some amazing teachers and coaches that taught me to never give up. I took my value for physical activity and made it my career. I am blessed to get the chance to provide children with an outlet so that they can learn how to utilize physical activity to take care of not only their bodies, but also their minds. After all, the body houses the mind!
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe that every child can be successful within the physical education setting. Every child that enters PE has a different set of skills. I believe that it is my job to provide each child with opportunities for success based on their skill level. I provide my students with modifications to activities as needed. I create a safe and encouraging setting that allows my students to take risks without the fear of failure. I strive to create a TEAM environment where every child feels included and treated respectfully amongst all members of the class.
In 2008, I began my teaching career in Elementary Physical Education with Gilbert Public Schools. From there, I continued my teaching career with Mesa Public Schools as an Adapted Physical Educator. This experience allowed me to gain a plethora of knowledge on how to adapt and modify my lessons to meet the needs of my individual students. I was then presented with an opportunity to teach dance and physical education at the secondary level. I took a few years off to stay home with my twins and then reentered the workforce teaching for the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. My husband's job moved us from the Phoenix area to Tucson and I was able to find an elementary physical education position three weeks into the school year with Amphitheater Public Schools at Donaldson Elementary. I taught at Donaldson for three years and was so excited for the opportunity to teach PE at a STEM school. This is my second year teaching PE at Innovation Academy and my eighth year overall teaching PE.