Physical Education

Karen Shaver, PE

Karen Shaver

Karen Shaver is our Physical Education teacher. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 1988. Mrs. Shaver was named Oakley Teacher of the Year in 1997-98 and was National Board Certified in 2001.

Physical Education at Oakley Elementary School provides a variety of activities that teach fitness, basic skills, games, and sports.

Fitness activities for all grade levels include the Fitness Test as well as fitness circuits and activities that enhance a child's muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, and flexibility.

Basic skills are taught in kindergarten through second grade and include activities that enhance a child's skill in catching, throwing, striking, kicking, tumbling, balance, and rhythm.

Games for all grade levels include practice of basic skills in a fun and non-competitive activity such as relays, rope jumping, parachute, four square, and creative time using balls, hula-hoops, beanbags, scoops, jump ropes, and paddles.

Sports for second through fifth grades include learning the basic skills and rules of soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, hockey, and baseball using non-threatening equipment. For example, beach balls in volleyball, nerf tennis balls, and plastic bat and wiffle ball.

Oakley's Physical Education program is designed not only to enhance a child's physical fitness and skills, but also to create a more positive self-image, more desirable social behavior, and the joy of feeling healthy.