Activating Physical Education

Meet Middle School Physical Education Teacher Cora Kimbrough

Cora joined Eastside Catholic in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Western Washington University with an endorsement in physical education and health. Cora teaches sixth and seventh grade physical education and health. She has eight years of experience coaching volleyball and track and field at the middle school level. In addition to teaching and coaching, Cora is the coordinator for CYO athletics at EC.

Q: How would you describe your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to create a physical education program that focuses on a fun and safe learning environment, builds positive relationships and cultivates student learning. The key is knowing how to interact, instruct and implement lesson plans for my students that incorporate different learning styles, special needs and ability levels, thus adapting instructional materials and strategies to accommodate the wide range of skills in my class. Engaging students in active participation, motivating them to be interested and challenged. Teaching my students various skills and activities, my hope is they can find something they love! Providing an opportunity for students to develop a life-long interest to continue staying physically active.

Q: What have you enjoyed most with having students back on campus?
Having students back on campus, I have most enjoyed having in-person PE! I am sure students can say the same, that having PE remotely just isn’t the same. Students need that face-to-face interaction. Seeing students getting back to activity and building those social connections has been the best!

Q: Why did you decide to become a PE teacher?
Before becoming a PE teacher, all my previous work experiences had been working with kids and youth through the YMCA and Parks and Recreation. Through my own experiences of participating in sports and the impact teachers made on my learning, I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I love teaching PE for the fact of getting to know my students outside of the typical classroom setting. The social interactions that I am able to experience with my students is most rewarding and are memories that I value.

Q: What makes a good day at school?
A good day at school is seeing the positive interactions between students. I tell my students that the social relationships they build in a PE class is most valuable. You can be winning a game, but what is most important is being a good teammate and opponent. I love when I see my students encouraging and cheering on their classmates, even when they make mistakes. Having good sportsmanship is the greatest skill and being able to apply it outside of a PE class is the best accomplishment.

Having good sportsmanship is the greatest skill and being able to apply it outside of a PE class is the best accomplishment.

Q: How did you become involved in CYO athletics? Can you describe the impact or value that you believe CYO athletics has for middle school students?
When I started teaching at EC in 2012, I first heard about CYO. I understand the value of middle school sports through my years of coaching, so I knew I wanted to be part of this program at EC. The middle school level is such a vital age for youth to learn how to develop skills through movement, as well as to learn to become more confident in their self-esteem. I encourage all middle school students to participate in at least one CYO sport at EC. It is more than just playing the game, it's about building those social connections with their peers. All skill levels are welcomed to play CYO sports, which makes it such a fun and inviting environment for all.

Q: What's a school sport or activity you enjoy watching?
A school sport that I enjoy watching is volleyball. I played volleyball all four years in high school and coached middle school volleyball.

Q: What would students be surprised to find out about you?
Students would be surprised to find out that I have two middle names and one of them is Ferrari. The name Ferrari is a family name, passed down from generation to generation. All my family members on my mother’s side have Ferrari as one of their middle names.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, play with my three year old son (Grayson), go hiking, workout, watch the Seahawks and have coffee dates with my husband. 


If you have questions for Cora, you can reach her at ckimbrough@eastsidecatholic.org.

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