The Physical Education & Wellness Department

I would like to welcome you to Mohawk Elementary Physical Education/Wellness Program. Where your children will be challenged, treated fairly, have many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities and have lots of FUN doing it!

There is strong evidence that quality, daily physical education is the most effective and efficient way this country can positively impact the short and long-term health of our children.

My goal during Physical Education/Wellness class is to help children find a variety of ways to enjoy being physically active so that they will be able to get all of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social benefits that come with someone who is physically active.

For additional information please contact Ms. Miller at 724-667-7782 x1145
lmiller@mohawk.k12.pa.us


Philosophy

Elementary physical education/wellness at Mohawk is part of the total elementary school curriculum and is based on knowledge and physical activity.  It contributes to the major goals of elementary education by aiding in the social and emotional adjustments necessary in society.  General social skills are a major concept taught and practiced during class.  Specific social skills learned through physical education/wellness include sportsmanship, competition, communication, and cooperation.  It also contributes to the emotional skills of the individual by developing a positive self-image, good body awareness, and proper attitudes toward others.  With the combination of the social and emotional skills taught through our program, the child becomes well-adjusted both socially and emotionally.

Mohawk’s curriculum is based on a 100% participation.  100% of the time, developmental model that will influence and encourage a life-style of physical activity.  At the same time, it develops the student’s self-concept and personal attitudes toward health and fitness.  We attempt to teach these ideals by using several different strategies.  First, we develop the student’s self-concept by encouraging them, praising their attempts, and helping them improve their skill level.  Second, activities are planned which require cooperative ventures that will help them gain a sense of personal control by being given the opportunity to solve problems, and to make decisions for themselves.  Third, proper technique is taught so that skills will be beneficial in later years as the students participate in specific sports and recreational activities.  Fourth, the implementation of activities which require group participation and the use of positive social-interaction skills which include communication, cohesiveness, and trust.  Lastly, constant communication about the positive effects of physical fitness in relation to their health and the benefits of maintaining a physically fit life-style throughout adulthood.


Ms. Lou Ann Miller

Lou Ann was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and graduated from Riverview High School in 1979. After lettering in three sports, she received a scholarship to play basketball at Manatee Community College in Bradenton Florida. In 1981 she received an Associate of Arts Degree in Business and later went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in 1992. While at South Florida she was on the Dean’s List of Scholars from 1990-1992. She received her Masters Degree in the summer of 2007.

A teaching job took her to Atlanta, GA were she taught Physical Education K-5 grade at Hiram Elementary from 1993-1997. During that time she taught classes that included creative movement, dance, cooperative games, sport skills as well as personal and social skills. She was the lead teacher in a team teaching environment and implemented a morning walking program called the “Morning Mile Club” for students, teachers and parents. For her efforts she received Teacher of the Year honors in 1995-1996.

Having a passion for the game of basketball she started officiating women’s basketball in the mid 1980’s and eventually climbed the ladder and made it to the Division I level. Her officiating accomplishments are listed below:

  • Officiated in the NAIA National tournament 1995-1996
  • Officiated in the NCAA tournament in 1997
  • College Official of the Year in the state of Georgia, 1995-1996

Other Accomplishments Include:

  • Physical Education Program of the Year 2008 (Presented by PSAHPERD)
  • National Board Certified Teacher- 2011
  • Teacher of the Year 2012 (Presented by PSAHPERD)

She resides in New Wilmington, PA, where her interests include kayaking, cycling, hiking and all outdoor activities.

Children need role models rather than critics
— Joseph Joubert, French essayist
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