Lauren Kamara: Physical Education
Mrs. Kamara has her BS in Exercise Science from Montclair State University and a teaching credential in Health & Physical Education from SDSU.
Mrs. Kamara has extensive experience teaching PE, sports and recreation to youth. For the past 6 years she has been teaching PE at the elementary level.
Mrs. Kamara feels passionate about physical education and the confidence it helps build in kids along with the other mind and body benefits.
Mrs. Kamara is a fraternal twin, she has a 13th month old daughter, and two pet rabbits.
Q & A
Give us some highlights about the PE class and what the students will be learning this year….
My physical education motto is “learning to move and moving to learn.” I utilize the SPARK program. This structured PE program is designed for activities that are inclusive, highly active, integrate academic and wellness concepts, and are fun for all students, as well as develop students’ motor, cognitive, and social skills. For K– 2nd grades students explore foundational skills and movement concepts such as spatial awareness, locomotor skills, pathways, directions, tempo, creative moves, body management, balance, levels, and parachute etc. Sports skills such as catching and throwing, jumping, kicking and trapping, dance, dribbling, volleying, etc. For grades 3-6, students explore fitness concepts, fundamentals of sport skills, sports rules, benefits of exercise, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Sports include basketball, baseball/softball, bowling, dance, flying disc, football, kickball, hockey, soccer, volleyball, cooperative games, etc. Fitness components-muscular strength, endurance, aerobic, and flexibility.
What’s your favorite concept/lesson to teach in regards to PE?
I love teaching the parachute, it gets each student involved and working together as one unit. There is also so many fun games to play as well.
What’s your favorite sport or activity?
Basketball, volleyball, and softball. I enjoy yoga, kickboxing, and walking especially on the beach. I also enjoy pickleball, which is a game mixed of tennis and ping-pong.
If you could meet any famous athlete who would it be?
Tough choice. I think it would have to be Ray Allen. He is a basketball player who played for many teams, but I followed him while he was with the Boston Celtics. I love basketball and he was definitely someone I looked up to when I was young. His commitment and dedication to the game, his ease and grace for the skills, and his respect and calmness to his teammates is what I admired most of him. My idol is also John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach/PE teacher. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” is a famous quote in which inspires me.
What are your goals for our kiddos this year?
To stay active and engaged and to have fun! To encourage students’ lifelong fitness and wellness in physical education.
What’s the driving motivation or inspiration for teaching PE to kids?
Exercise makes me feel good and I want my students to feel good about and I want my students to feel good about themselves. Knowing and understanding the amazing benefits exercise does for the mind and body is remarkable. I want the students to become successful and to challenge themselves like I try to do everyday in order to be better individuals. When I was in school, I loved PE and playing sports. It is what I looked forward to every day. It was a way to express myself when I was young, a time to work as a team, and it was super fun.
Check out Mrs. Kamara’s PE brochure.