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Ramirez Brings Energy to Brown Primary PE Classes
 
At Brown Primary, students aren’t just being energetic during Physical Education, they are also learning about their bodies and nutrition, thanks to new PE Coach Ileana Ramirez. Her classroom, half of the cafeteria where PE is held, reflects it with posters of bones, muscles groups, character values and more on the walls.

“Physical education is more than just recess time,” said Coach Ramirez. “It’s where the kids are actually learning.”

She has the young students play physical games and a variety of activities as a fun way to stay fit. Her goal is to focus on foundation skills at each grade level.

She also teaches her core curriculum as a portion of each class while she and the students stretch. It’s a regular classroom interaction, except that the students are sitting in their squad positions on the floor while exercising.

Now, she is teaching all about the bones in the body, along with ways to embody good character. In the spring, she plans to teach the muscular system, and have the students participate in the Jumpstart for Heart program.

Her plans look to the future. By the time the current Kindergarteners are in 2nd Grade, she plans to teach them these systems in Spanish.

From Laredo, Coach Ramirez got her undergraduate degree at University of Texas and her Masters in Education at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches. She became interested in teaching in graduate school as an athletic trainer.

For her, education was a natural fit. She comes from a line of teachers. Her mom, grandma, sisters and aunts are also in the field.

“Everyone’s a teacher,” she laughed.

Her hobbies are all health related. She runs half marathons, loves all kinds of fitness, is interested in finding healthy recipes, and cooking.

Coach Ramirez also wants to get active in the community, tossing around ideas like a healthy recipe exchange and a running club.

Her peers have also asked her for training and nutrition information. She hopes to set up something “not too intense” so everyone can participate.

“What can I do to encourage others to also be fit?” she asked.

As for her classroom, Coach Ramirez is enthusiastic.

“I get to teach, and I get to play games,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”
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