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Cindy Jones – in the Spotlight

Clover Hill Elementary teacher is named Virginia’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Cindy JonesCindy Jones, who teaches physical education at Clover Hill Elementary, won the 2015-16 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which is a professional association of educators. Her teaching career began 29 years ago; she has been with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 15 of those years and has worked at Clover Hill Elementary for the past 13 years.

The Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance requires that a candidate for the Elementary PE Teacher of the Year Award

  • serve as a positive role model, epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship and sensitivity to the needs of students
  • use various teaching methods and plan innovative learning experiences
  • conduct a balanced and sequential curriculum
  • assume responsibility for his/her professional growth
  • show professional commitment through involvement in health and physical education organizations

Here are just a few of the innovative approaches Cindy Jones uses:

  • She created and uses the STEM in the Gym program, which builds core concepts of science, technology, engineering and math into PE instruction by having students experience simple machines. STEM in the Gym recently won a GESS Education Award and was named Best Product to Promote Health and Fitness in the Classroom.
  • During the biking unit that Jones teaches fourth- and fifth-graders, the final ride is a 5-mile round trip during PE class around the lake to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Woodlake. Parents ride along as helpers and by all accounts are almost as enthusiastic about the outing as the students are each year.
  • At least twice a month, Jones posts YouTube videos for students to encourage them to exercise outside of class and on rainy days. She incorporates school leaders and community volunteers into her Champion Challenge videos. In addition to encouraging physical activity, the videos often incorporate academic skills like counting and vocabulary.

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