I feel it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. I attempt to lead by example for my own children and students. Having a knowledge of all the activities my students participate in has allowed me to build connections with them and their families. Whether it is soccer, parkour, or cheerleading, I make it a point to listen and learn. Activity isn’t everything, my wife and I try out healthy recipes as often as possible. Taking care of ourselves allows us the best opportunity to enjoy our time as a family. I have most recently been drawn in by Crossfit. It is something I was always eager to try, and now I am hooked. My gym is Crossfit 1 Force and it has allowed me to learn new things about myself and push myself to become a better athlete and person. I have competed in a few competitions and continue to do something that I had never done before.
With my love of fitness, I also have trained youth athletes in both speed and agility as well as strength training. Some of my former athletes are currently playing collegiate sports and it is a rewarding feeling to know you were able to assist them in the process. I also find the time to help out my local community. I have participated in numerous 5k runs to promote fundraising for charities or my school. Students love seeing their teacher participating in something they also have fun doing. Brian Gray, a gym teacher at my school, has spearheaded Pleasant Valley Fit. It started as a summer camp to promote health and wellness. It has grown to an afterschool program and I have been lucky enough to coach students. My goal is to provide them the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle.