The #ESPECHAT Moderators
Richard A. Wiles Jr. is a physical education teacher at Severna Park Elementary in Severna Park, Maryland. Rich has presented at numerous conventions on electronic curriculum, teaching physical education with technology, and other topics. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Salisbury University and completed his master of education degree in school improvement leadership from Goucher College. Rich is a member of SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators). Rich is the Co-Author of the Physical Education Digital Library by Human Kinetics
Ryan Csajko is a physical education teacher at Stevens Forest Elementary School in Columbia, MD. Ryan taught middle school and high school physical education in New York for several years. Although he enjoyed the secondary level, he decided to switch to elementary education during his move to Maryland. He is certified in Physical Education, Health, and Administration. Ryan is currently teaching in Howard County Public Schools, where he specializes in the integration of technology to advance student achievement. He is an active member of MAHPERD and dedicates his life to improving education.
Matthew Bassett is a physical education teacher at San Jose Charter Academy (K-8) in West Covina, CA. Matthew earned a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, California Single Subject Teaching Credential, and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology all from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is an active member of CAHPERD (California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance). Matthew has presented over numerous topics that include gymnastics, creating movement tasks from cognitive concepts, multicultural games, and lots of sessions on various types of technology integration. Matthew was awarded the elementary physical education teacher of the year award from CAHPERD in 2017.
Stephanie Sandino is a Physical Education Teacher at Robert O. Townsend Junior High School in Chino Hills, CA. All of her studies including her Bachelor of Science, Single Subject teaching credential and Master's of Science were completed at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to transitioning into the middle school role she taught at an elementary school for 3 years which has given her a good base in the direction she would like to take her 7th and 8th grade students. Stephanie is a big believer in helping youth find their red rubber ball. Every student beginning their journey with a staple red rubber ball and helping them morph it with learning experiences- ultimately, ending up with something that they love to do and keeps them moving for a lifetime!
Sara Wood is the physical educator at PS 51, The Elias Howe School, in New York City. After teaching in North Carolina for 4 years, she and her husband moved to the Big Apple in 2017. Sara earned her degree at the University of Michigan and travels back to the Big House each fall for Michigan football. She is so thankful to be a part of the #physed community. “I truly believe that the amount of sharing and support that’s on #physed twitter is unique to the internet. Twitter is a powerful tool that makes physical educators stronger together.”
Ross Chakrian is one of the elementary physical education teachers at Waverly Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he has been teaching for the past 7 years. He strives to give his students the best possible learning experience in my class on a daily basis and hopes to one day become a state, regional or national physical education teacher of the year! He is passionate about quality, purposeful physical education while helping his students to make the “brain-body” connection through the use of engaging activities and technology in the gym.
Matt Eichel is a physical education teacher at Our Lady of Victory School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies and a TESOL Certificate from Providence College in Manitoba and later graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education focusing on the early years stream from the University of Manitoba. After teaching Grade 4 in the classroom for two years, he transferred to the gym where he has been ever since, teaching K-8 P.E. and coaching numerous school sports. Matt is a very active online advocate for P.E. and enjoys collaborating and sharing his work with other passionate P.E. teachers.