WHY PEACH?

We provide cutting edge and up-to-date teaching practices in the physical education, coaching and health areas. In the 80’s, we had years of 700, 800 and 900 attendees from California, Washington, and a few others from various states and countries.

The purpose of the workshop is to promote interest and professional advancement opportunities for teachers, coaches, and athletic administrators; to provide opportunities for in-service education, staff development, and self-improvement; to upgrade programs of physical education, coaching and health by identification and presentations of trends and exemplary teaching techniques and programs.

How does this affect you and your community? As you are aware, health issues continue to rise in our youth. Our youth is becoming more sedentary and obese. Kids don’t play outside like they used to. We need to provide education for our youth so that they can make good choices in their efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle. This has to happen in our schools.

Unfortunately, due to the economy, lack of funds for educators to tap in to and rising costs associated with providing these speakers and housing our participants, our attendance has decreased over the past seven years. We run the workshop on the registration fees, as Cal Poly does not provide any type of financial support. Physical educators are not having an opportunity to experience this type of workshop for professional advancement—a hands on experience.

Even though we have been limited during this time, we do have a committed core of educators that continue to access our Workshop. Attendees comment that their experience is very positive in helping them to go back their schools and provide current information/trends. They get something from our Workshop that they don’t get from an online course and in their school staff development—a hands on experience with top professionals in the field.

We would like to be able to bring in more speakers and help more physical educators and coaches to be able to attend the workshop. In order to do this, we are seeking outside sources of funds to offset costs. Sponsor a speaker, donate to our silent auction, sponsor a teacher, donate to the conference, etc. Anything you could do to help us in these efforts would be very much appreciated. No amount is too small.

WHY IS COMMON CORE IMPORTANT?

“Regarding Common Core, I am very familiar with the process and how to implement it into physical education classes.  Most of what I teach is how to blend class curriculum into a movement experience.  Common core requires Math, Language Arts, and Science to be blended with Physical Education.  I have everything from Theory to specific lessons that I could guide people through.  I feel once the concepts are grasped, the reasoning and application experiences will be formulated by the PEACH participants.  If we are to survive as a valid curricular subject, we need to blend our work to make it a global learning experience.  This means empowering every student in their Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.  Using high quality teaching pedagogy with Common Core Curriculum allows for amazing learning results so students leave well educated.”

– Darren Avrit, Professor at University of La Verne

Our Wonderful Staff

In Education

At PEACH

On PEACH Committee

Lori
Schmersal

Current PEACH Director

Who’s on the PEACH Committee?

Lori Schmersal, Director

Lori Schmersal, Director

Physical Education and Adapted PE Teacher/Coach

Lori joined the PEACH Committee in 2016. She started attending PEACH in 2005, became an instructor in 2013 and is currently the Director for the 2018 and 2019 Workshops. She enjoys the camaraderie and networking with such energetic professionals at the Workshop. Lori was born and raised in San Diego. After high school, Lori joined the California Department of Forestry as a firefighter and started coaching high school soccer. Her love for sports lead her to pursue her degree in Physical Education where she majored in teaching and athletic training. After graduating college, she was an assistant athletic trainer at the Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles County and then started her teaching career. She started teaching Physical Education in 1996 in Pomona California. She taught at Montclair High School and three years later taught at a middle school in Temecula, CA. The adventurer in her took her to the Virgin Islands for a year, to teach, where she also found a love exploring the ocean and became a rescue scuba diver. She currently teaches at Clairemont High School in San Diego and has been there for the past 13 years teaching Physical Education and Adapted PE. While at Clairemont she has coached badminton, soccer, softball, and volleyball and she was also an assistant athletic director and Athletic Director for eight years. “There are 72 years of tradition inspiring teachers and promoting professional development at PEACH. I am honored to be part of continuing the PEACH mission.”

Jo Anne Daughtry

Jo Anne Daughtry

Athletic Director/Activities Coordinator/Physical Education Teacher

Jo Anne has been attending the PEACH Workshops since 1983. After ten years attending, she began teaching at PEACH. She joined the PEACH Committee in 2004 and has served as the Director in 2010, 2011, 2017. Jo Anne has been a physical educator since 1981. She coached volleyball and softball for 20 years, earning Coach of the Year honors in both sports. She has been the Athletic Director and Activities Coordinator at Kentwood since 1998, being honored as the Athletic Director of the Year for the South Puget Sound League in 2012 and in the North Puget Sound League in 2017. Jo Anne believes the PEACH Workshop offers a unique opportunity for educators and coaches to interact, share ideas, network and get a great hands on experience!

Marc Olson

Marc Olson

PE Teacher

Marc has been teaching at the Richland School District for 19 years. He has been the elementary PE teacher for 4 years and the high school PE teacher for 2 years. He also taught at the Pasco School District for 3 years as the elementary PE teacher. He was an Assistant high school football coach for 28 years and a defensive coordinator for 10 years which included a second place finish in 1996 and a State Championship in 1999.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

PE Teacher

Danya Townsend

Danya Townsend

Activities/Athletic Director, PE and Dance Teacher

Danya has been teaching at Riverview Middle School since 2009. During that time she has taught Physical Education, Dance, Weight Training, and Leadership. She has coached middle school, high school and club volleyball since 2009 and has served as sports coordinator and activities director at Riverview. In 2016 she was named Teacher of the year at Riverview Middle School.

Emily Dodds

Emily Dodds

High School PE and Athletic Director

Emily has been teaching at Roseville High School since 2011. Since starting at RHS, Emily has taught Physical Education, AVID, Health and Recreation Administration, along with being the Athletic Director since 2015. Emily is often found at the pool where she has played water polo collegiately, as well as coached at the club and high school level and was a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Samantha Salfen

Samantha Salfen

Elementary and Middle PE Teacher

Samantha Salfen has been in the Physical Education field since 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science I degree in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay and went on to receive her teaching credential with an emphasis in Adaptive Physical Education in 2011. Miss Salfen is currently teaching physical education at Oak View Elementary School. Her teaching style focuses on the student’s overall well-being rather than just the physical aspects of Physical Education. Miss Salfen continues to find new ways to engage the students daily.

Joe Mazzuca

Joe Mazzuca

Health Education Department Chair/Recreation Administration Instructor/Assistant Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach

Joe has been attending the PEACH Workshop since 2012 and joined the Committee in 2017. Joe has taught physical education, health and recreation administration since 1985 in the Salinas Valley and currently in Roseville California at Woodcreek High School. Joe has a passion for teaching and coaching. His coaching background includes head and assistant coaching positions in the sports of football and basketball. His coaching stints have included stops at the junior college and university level. His hobbies include tournament bass fishing and Santa Maria style barbeque in the off season. Professional growth in teaching and coaching is an important part of his life. PEACH is one conference that makes this happen every summer. He believes that age and experience should never stop someone from continuous professional growth in their discipline. Teaching and coaching is ever changing and professionals need that necessary growth each summer.

James Fanshier

James Fanshier

Teacher/ Coach/ Referee

 

 

 OUR SPEAKERS

<strong>Craig Heslop</strong>

Craig Heslop

Speaker

<strong>Pete Newell Jr.</strong>

Pete Newell Jr.

Speaker

<strong>Donald Chu</strong>

Donald Chu

Speaker

<strong>Guin Boggs</strong>

Guin Boggs

Speaker

<strong>Greg Clink</strong>

Greg Clink

Speaker

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