Lock Haven University Alumnus, Alexis McCarthy, class of 2016 was recently awarded the only summer scholarship for the graduate physical education teaching program at West Virginia University. Alexis graduated from Lock Haven University with dual certifications in K-12 Health and Physical Education. She also completed minors in special education, aquatics, and coaching. Alexis will be teaching physical education at one of the local elementary schools.
After finishing her first year of her Master of Science degree in Physical Education Teacher Education along with graduate assistantship responsibilities at West Virginia University (WVU), she has been awarded the program’s only “Summer Scholars Scholarship” by her program faculty in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (CPASS) at WVU. This scholarship will enable her to complete the final coursework for her degree during the summer while searching for a teaching position for fall 2017.
Alexis received the special summer scholarship because of her Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) with the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies in CPASS, for which she taught elementary physical education at Mylan Park Elementary School in Morgantown WV. She was able to utilize the SPARK K-5 curriculum, a research-based curricular model used nationally. She also has taught Adapted Physical Education at her school and incorporated additional lifetime leisure sports to best fit her students’ needs.
She was successfully funded by anonymous donors and by ESPN to receive equipment to implement a unit of Unified Bocce into not only as a part of her school’s Physical Education curriculum, but also as a part of the indoor and outdoor recess programs as components of the nationally-recognized instructional program called Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP).
CSPAP which is part of the federally mandated Coordinated School Health framework, is designed to enhance the quality of physical activity opportunities available to all students before, during school in and out of physical education class, and after school.
McCarthy is currently applying for a full time Health and Physical Education position. “It is my mission to incorporate unified sports into the school I will be teaching at, as well as implement a CSPAP to make the biggest impact I can make for my students. If you are in love with your career you will never work a day in your life,” says McCarthy.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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