Ms. Wilkes

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Ms. Wilkes

I grew up in a very small picturesque rural town of Westmoreland, (population 1100) N.H. and was always an active and outdoors child. I was a three sport athlete right from the start, playing varsity soccer, basketball, and softball throughout high school. I always had a desire to travel and learn new things, so at 18 left my hometown, and traveled 1500 miles south to Florida! Shortly after living in eastern central Florida, known as the Space Coast, I began attending the local community college. After receiving my associates degree, I transferred over to the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Having a passion for sports and helping others, I began my educational journey in Exercise Physiology and Wellness, after receiving my bachelor's in 1991, and having trouble procurring a job, I continued my education at UCF, and switched gears to education. I received a second bachelor's in physical education in 1993. I coached varsity soccer and worked as an indoor soccer facilities manager, foreign team liason at a sports center for a couple of years, and landed my first physical education teaching job at a middle school in 1995. In 1997, I decided I wanted to further my education, and enroled in the physical eduation master's program at UCF, and recived my degree in 1999. While teaching middle school, I continued coaching high soccer, where my team made it to the final four in the state, the last two years I coached them, and I received county honors as coach of the year.  After 6 years of teaching, and yearning for more, I was hired as a intervetion specialist for a national research project at Johns Hopkins University called Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls (TAAG). I worked with other PE specialists from 5 major universities with the scope of trying to increase physical activity levels in middle school aged girls. When the project ended, I began working in Queen Anne's County schools with the Partnering for Youth after school program as program director of middle and high schools. In 2008, I began teaching PE again at Grasonville.