Newnan Crossing Elementary School
Got Kids? Ken Chambless does. A thousand students to be exact! Ken has been teaching physical education since 1994 and become a Project Fit America/Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation grant recipient in 2003. He teaches at Newnan Crossing Elementary School in Newnan, GA. Everyday 1,000 students report to his school and keeping them excited, motivated and on the go is a challenge Ken greets with enthusiasm. His goal is to get every child involved with physical education in ways that he has created with limitless creativity, education and fun. His students learn to challenge themselves, not each other, and that in this school no child is left on their behind! No matter what the skill or athletic level of student, grade level, or gender every student will find something in Ken's classes and challenges that they like and can challenge themselves to excel. Ken uses his classes to teach kids not just games, but life skills. He is giving his students a real "physical education" as they learn to take responsibility for their bodies and to encourage and support their fellow class mates to do the same. Ken's principal, Terri Lassetter writes to us, "In most elementary schools, Physical Education is just a filler time for students to play. However in Ken's classes, he makes the classes fun and educational. Our school is a Title I school and many of our children have not had the opportunity to play soccer, volleyball or even learn to work together. In his classes he teaches the games to our older students and even focuses on their health as well as teaching children about working together." 1,000 students. Most teachers would say "No Way!" ...Ken says "Yes you can!"...and we say "Coach Chambless...is most definitely an All Star Teacher of the Year!"