Mr. Kristopher Long began his teaching career at Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School four years ago and is enjoying his time at the school. He admits that teaching was not his first choice of career when he entered college. He had his sights on becoming an athletic trainer but after a few classes, quickly decided that was not the career for him. In deciding what to do instead, he asked himself, What would I want to do for the next forty years;
He gave teaching a try and has never looked back.
Mr. Long is responsible for the Physical Education curriculum for PreK-8th grades, students four to fourteen years old. He said every day he has to be ready for anything. Some of the challenges he faces are, other events scheduled in the gym, learning every a student’s name and challenging students to the max. He has a solution for each challenge. If the weather is nice and he can go outside for class when another event is scheduled, there is no problem. It is getting creative when the weather doesn’t cooperate that can test his abilities. Fortunately, Mr. Long is a creative teacher.
Learning the names of so many students is another challenge but one that Mr. Long finds to be necessary and not that difficult. Mr. Long says the talent level of students in his class make it a challenge to keep them improving. Many of his students are involved in sports after school for Saints Peter & Paul or on club teams throughout the area. He wants to make sure his class can keep the talent improving.
Mr. Long is mindful of the fact that he teaches in a Catholic School. His subject lends itself to students getting a little more excited; than in other classes. He deals with sportsmanship issues by using Christian values. Mr. Long believes in setting a good example for his young students by modeling physical fitness.
He works out at the YMCA regularly showing that it is good to practice what you preach. In addition to teaching, Mr. Long is the Assistant Athletic Director. His duties are mainly to manage the middle school sports throughout the year. This includes scheduling, finding referees, and finding locations for practices and games. He also assists the high school Athletic Director, Tyler Larkin, in whatever he needs.
Mr. Long also is in charge of the Race for Education, an activity that brings revenue for the school. The revenue is for technology. Students in grades three through eight arrive at school on April 27th in gym uniforms. They are called to the gym by grade level and jog or run. Students have sponsors that pledge a flat rate for their efforts.It’s all about keeping kids moving and making the school a better place.
This is the fourth year of the very successful fund raiser and this should be the best year yet. Online donations can be contributed until the end of May.
Let’s keep kids moving!