James Madison University

PHETE Class Notes

Updated: March 2011

April Rodgers ('98)

Currently: I am an elementary physical education teacher in Alexandria, VA. I have been at the same school since I started teaching in 2000. Every year evolves into a more exciting and fulfilling year. I am a new mom to a smiley, beautiful little girl Eleanor! I love teaching her about March Madness, gardening and the beauties of the outdoors! 
Professional Honors: Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Nominee
Other Notes of Interest: Our 4th annual JA Circus will be held June 16! I am the Ring Leader of our JA Circus Troupe... juggling, unicycling, gymnastics, jump rope tricks, balancing on rolling globes, indo boards... all with a little flair! Come join us if you are in the area!

Laura (Anderson) Walbert (’06) 

Currently: Teaching Health & PE at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, Virginia.  
Other Notes of Interest: First two years out of JMU - Taught K-12 Health and Physical Education at an international school in Brazil.

Amanda (Ramsey) Williams (’05)

Currently: HS/PreK-5th Grades, Physical Education Teacher Fairland Elementary School
Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland.
Professional Honors: Helped develop MCPS's Physical Education Adapted Curriculum, writing accommodations and adaptations to help Physical Education teachers adapt the MCPS recommended curriculum for students with various disabilities. Newest project is entitled "Head Start: Building Better Brains through Physical Fitness" from a grant I received from Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, Inc. I'm excited to utilize all the resources from the Action Based Learning Program, developed by Neuro-Kinesiologist, Jean Blayed Madigan.
Notes of Interest:I can still jump rope on my glutes. I won't be performing at this year's Jump Rope for Heart since I'm pregnant with a baby girl due in May!

Stephen Kodish (’03)

Currently:Working on a PhD in International Health at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Other Notes of Interest: After completing an MS in Kinesiology I worked in Tokyo for 4 years before coming back to the States to matriculate in a different, yet closely related field: public health. Since then, I've worked for the World Health Organization in HIV/AIDS research and with the United Nations World Food Programme doing a micronutrient intervention at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Holly (Santerre) Tousha (’01)

Currently: High School PE/Drivers Education teacher and coach in Prince William County, Virginia

Michael King (’82)

Currently: Teaching Physical Education at Stone Spring Elementary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Coaching highschool gymnastics, Co-director of a gymnastics program called Skyline Gymnastics (used to be the Hayes and Jane Kruger Gymnastics School)
Professional Honors: Alumni teacher of the year (JMU PHETE)., Professional of the year (Harrisonburg Community African American Festival)
Other Notes of Interest: Wife Lori King , 3 children Mariah, Isaiah, and Olivia