Drew McNeely


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Having been a teacher for more than 34 years, I have had the good fortune to have spent the last 26 years here at Springfield Elementary. It is without question an absolute honor to be able to work with wonderful students as well as an outstanding group of peers.
Historically, physical education teachers and what we do has not been fully understood. Unlike recess, structured physical education prepares children’s minds to learn. With recent initiatives such as the 2005 Health and Fitness Act and First Lady
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! & Healthy Eating initiatives ( to combat what she describes as the “epidemic” of childhood obesity; the importance of physical education as it relates to our students’ long term health, education and ultimately their achievement has now moved to the forefront.

I chose a career in education because I believe that teaching affords each of us the incredibly rewarding opportunity, especially at the elementary level, to positively shape children’s lives. As a physical educator, I have always believed and
constantly reinforce to my students the most important thing they can control is their bodies. I am passionate that my students understand the relationship between how their minds learn and the importance of proper nutrition combined with exercise is all part of being a physically educated student. The evidence is incontrovertible: aerobic exercise physically transforms our students’ brains for peak classroom performance.

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