East Stroudsburg University physical education teacher education graduates are quality physical educators who are highly competitive in the employment market.
They can be found teaching health and physical education in school districts across Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
As teachers, they have gained recognition in state and national arenas becoming Teacher’s of the Year and National Board Certified.
Many graduates have successfully achieved advanced degrees and attained positions in educational administration, research and college teaching.
Graduates have also had an impact on the profession through their contributions as authors of books and journal articles, presenters at national and international conferences and as officers in professional organizations.
Featured ESU Physical Education Graduate
2008 DoDEA America’s Area District (South Carolina/Fort Stewart District ) Teacher of the Year
Michelle Hrabanek (Mackes) graduated from ESU in 1993 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education.
She was awarded the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year for South Carolina/Ft Stewart District and was one of four finalists for the world.
Mrs. Hrabanek has 13 years' teaching experience and has taught in DoDEA schools for 7 years as a third-sixth grade health and physical education teacher at Bolden Elementary School.
The credit for my success should first be given to East Stroudsburg University and to the late Drs. Mueller and Mosston. Second, to all the professors in the Health and Physical Education departments who shaped and molded me to be an outstanding teacher for the 21st century. You will always be dear to my heart.
Prior to joining DoDEA schools, she taught health and physical education at Lady's Island Middle School.
She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.
She received her Masters of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Wheelock College.
Mrs. Hrabanek firmly believes in healthy minds, healthy bodies.
A colleague states,
In order to change our children's attitudes about fitness, it is up to educators, and we must start now. Life-long health must be taught at every grade level by highly qualified educators.
Using her health background coupled with her personal experience, Michelle has developed inspiring lessons for her students with disabilities. The heart of the matter is that she goes beyond the call of duty as a mom, co-worker, and community advocate and especially as an educator of our young people.
Attached are a few websites that display her honors:
View a video of Hrabanek explaining her Semper Fi Fit Philosophy
Read Hrabanek’s Teacher to Teacher article, Connecting, sharing, and shaping through Physical education
Read a press release about Hrabanek from the MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C.
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