Pictured (l-r): Clancy Seymour ’97, MS, ’99, EdD, assistant professor and director of the P/HETE program; Jason Acosta, program manager for the office of teacher recruitment and quality for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and Greg Reeds, EdD, associate professor of kinesiology

The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (P/HETE) program hosted Jason Acosta, program manager for the office of teacher recruitment and quality for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), on Monday, February 4. Teacher candidates listened to an exciting hiring plan for New York City’s 1,800 urban schools. The initiative by Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, promises 500 licensed physical educators by 2019, followed by an additional 500 certified health educators in the years to come. This movement provides further justification and acknowledges the value of quality physical and health education in the well-rounded growth of each child.

Jason Acosta, program manager for the office of teacher recruitment and quality for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), speaks to P/HETE majors

Faculty and students from P/HETE pedagogical courses taught by Courtney Kelly MS ’01, adjunct professor of kinesiology, Greg Reeds, EdD, associate professor of kinesiology and Clancy Seymour ’97, MS, ’99, EdD, assistant professor and director of the P/HETE program, were in attendance. The session concluded with a question and answer session. The event was well received and included promising opportunities ahead for graduates in the physical and health education teaching profession.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, assistant professor and director, Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (P/HETE)