Physical Education and Health

Physical Education provides an individualized, developmentally appropriate, and personally challenging instructional program that advances the student’s knowledge, confidence, skills, and motivation to engage in a lifelong, healthy and physically active lifestyle. The goal of physical education is for each student to set and achieve personally challenging fitness goals and apply higher-order thinking skills to the scientific principles of human movement.

Typical 9th Grade Course Sequence

Physical Education is recommended to be taken during 9th grade

We highly encourage students to take Physical Education during all 4 years of high school

Physical Education Courses

  • Basketball for Beginners

    This introductory course instructs students in basic fundamentals, rules of play, examining game strategy and tactics, and overall physical conditioning.

  • Advanced Basketball

    This course includes instruction in intermediate/advanced skills, offensive and defensive strategies, and continued development of fitness. Students perform in drills, game situations and tournaments.

    Prerequisite: Beginners Basketball, member of an organized team, or instructor’s permission.

  • Dance for Physical Education Credit

    This is a concentrated Physical Education class designed for students wanting an introduction into jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, and hip-hop styles of dance. Students will learn to perform and choreograph routines that improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and overall fitness.

  • Football and Soccer

    This course emphasizes instruction in basic individual and team football and soccer fundamentals, offensive and defensive strategies/tactics, rules of play and overall physical conditioning. Students perform in drills, game situations and tournaments.

  • General Physical Education 1 and 2

    This course emphasizes a development of an overall wellness program utilizing a variety of sport-based programs to teach fitness/skill themes and concepts.

  • Total Fitness

    This course instructs students in activities such as step-aerobics, and strength training. Workouts will include strength, cardio, core and stability training that utilizes full body movements and coordination.

  • Street Hockey/Floor Hockey

    This course emphasizes instruction in basic individual and team street hockey/floor hockey fundamentals, offensive and defensive strategies, rules of play, and overall physical conditioning. Students perform in drills, games situations, and tournaments.

  • Strength and Conditioning

    This is an introductory course emphasizing basic weight training methods and cardiovascular programs. Students will receive instruction in proper safety protocols, maintenance of equipment, and development of overall physical conditioning.

    Workouts are 3 days per week.

  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning

    This course is an extension of the beginner’s strength and conditioning course. It includes rigorous instruction in strength training principles, kinesiology, biometrics, and physiology of exercise. Students will plan and develop their own physical conditioning programs.

    Workouts are 4 days per week.

    Prerequisite: Beginners Strength and Conditioning, Total Fitness, or PE teacher/coach recommendation.

  • Volleyball

    This course instructs students in basic individual volleyball fundamental skills, offensive and defensive strategies and tactics, and current rules of play. Students perform in drills, game situations and tournaments.

  • Walking for Wellness

    This course will focus more so on the individual student and his/her fitness level. Students will participate in activities that engage walking and/or running to develop and improve his/her overall fitness.

Health Education Philosophy

The secondary Health Education program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help them make healthful decisions—both now and in the future. Through the implementation of an effective, comprehensive health education instructional program, students will develop the life skills needed to enhance their potential for achieving academic success and attaining healthier, happier, and more productive lives. Developing knowledge of accurate health information is essential, but practicing health-related skills in real-life situations and developing healthful behaviors are the ultimate goals of the program.

One-half credit of Health Education is required for graduation. This course is typically offered during the 10th grade year.

Courses currently being offered in Health Education are:

  • Comprehensive Health Education
  • Comprehensive Health Education, Honors
  • Family Life and Human Development (elective for Juniors and Seniors—does not count towards ½ credit graduation requirement)

Health Course Descriptions

Comprehensive Health Education, Honors [7841]

Students learn factual health information and develop lifetime skills in mental health; tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; personal and consumer health; nutrition and fitness; safety and injury prevention; family life and human sexuality; and disease prevention and control. Although this course is required for graduation, parental permission must be specifically provided for students under the age of 18 to participate in family life and human sexuality and HIV/STI prevention. This course meets the state ½ credit Health Education graduation requirement.

Family Life and Human Development [7833]

Students develop a greater understanding of how family relationships and human sexuality have an impact on individual health and society. Topics include interpersonal relationships; economics of family life; responsibilities of marriage and parenting; pregnancy prevention; pregnancy and childbirth; and sexually transmitted infections. Due to the nature of his course, parental permission is required for students under18. This course does not meet the Health Education graduation requirement.

Physical Education and Health Staff Office Hours

 P.E staff 2017-2018

Resource Teacher:

Teresa Shatzer -

All Health andP.E. teachers will be available before and after school hours, as well as during LAP, for student assistance. We will also be available by appointment.

Staff Bios

Cecilia Buhl (Honors Health Education)

Cecilia began teaching at Paint Branch in 2009. She is a 2008 graduate of SUNY Cortland in upstate New York where she swam competitively and studied Health Education. In addition to teaching Health Ed and Volleyball, Cecilia coaches the JV Volleyball Team and Swim Team at Paint Branch. She moved to Maryland two years ago from Binghamton, New York and currently lives in Baltimore. Cecilia loves going to concerts, working out and living in the city.

Michelle Chestnut (Total Fitness, Volleyball, Walking for Wellness, Football/Soccer)

Michelle began teaching at Paint Branch in 2001. She is a graduate of the Paint Branch High School Class of 1990 and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1994. In her free time, Ms. Chestnut enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, boating, and photography.

Dessalyn Dillard (Strength and Conditioning, Dance, General PE)

Dessalyn began teaching at Paint Branch in 2013. Dessalyn, a native of Trenton, NJ, earned a track scholarship to the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Education in Human Development. At Maryland, Coach D, was a four time scholar athlete as well as received All (top three) ACC and ECAC performances/honors in the 4x400m relay, Distance Medley Relay, and Heptathlon. Mrs. Dillard has been the Cross Country and track and field coach at Paint Branch for the past 8 years. Mrs. Dillard is married with two active children…in her spare time she enjoys, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and museums.

Tim Gilchrist (General PE, Adapted PE, Advanced Basketball, Basketball for Beginners)

Tim began teaching in 2003. He is a 2003 graduate from James Madison University where he studied Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education and Health Education. Along with teaching Tim coaches boy’s junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball. When Tim is not teaching or coaching he enjoys playing golf, hanging out with friends and spending time with his wife Johnna.

Heather Podosek (General PE, Adapted PE)

Heather was named the Athletic Director in 2010 and has been teaching at Paint Branch since 2001. She completed her Bachelor degree in 1983 from George Mason University where she played basketball. In 1994, Heather graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a master’s degree in Kinesiology. An avid boater, she enjoys her time on her boat with family and friends.

Tommy Rey (Strength and Conditioning, Advanced Strength and Conditioning, Football/Soccer)

He began teaching at Paint Branch in 2004. He attended Paint Branch Elementary School. His High School Mascot was a Panther and his college colors were maroon and gold. His wife, Valerie is a Paint Branch Alumni, class of 1995. He played baseball for Salisbury University, class of 1999. He coaches Varsity Baseball and enjoys watching football and long walks on the beach.

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