An Exciting New Journey

By Robert Knipe, III posted 15 days ago


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    For the past nine years, I have served as a physical education teacher in the U.S. public schools. My teaching career began in Grundy Center, Iowa, at what was known as the PE4Life Institute site as part of the University of Northern Iowa’s “Polar Scholar Program.” For the past eight years, I have served the children and families of The University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) in Austin, Texas. Under the guidance of Dr. Dolly Lambdin, Dr. Melissa Chavez and Dr. Brian Dauenhauer, I had the unique opportunity to develop and implement a comprehensive program that included physical education technology and utilized models such as Response to Intervention (RTI), Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programming (CSPAP) and Coordinated School Health (now Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child - WSCC). These experiences empowered me to serve above my job description in efforts to seek best practices in my community with hopes of creating environments that engaged and activated all citizens in a healthy and active lifestyle.

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   I am excited to continue to provide that daily service, but I will be doing so in a different form as I continue my journey as a teacher. It has been a professional aspiration of mine to have the opportunity to serve those who serve. I believe there is no greater honor, and who serves more than teachers? It is my pleasure to announce that I will continue providing service to my teaching community in my new role as Customer Success Manager at Interactive Health Technologies.

    Since my time in 2008 working under heart rate and computer optimized Physical Education visionaries Beth Kirkpatrick and Rick Schupbach, I have served the field of Physical Education by communicating, through presentations, blogs, social media, and other mediums the benefits technology and innovation can create for the lives of teachers and their students. I have shared this vision freely with individuals and all companies with hopes that, as a #PhysEd community, we could make this vision a reality.

    For the past five years, I have utilized Interactive Health Technologies’ Spirit System and adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors. As a customer, I had the opportunity to experience the excitement and benefits that it brought to my students. During my time as a customer, I freely shared what I learned about the systems with everyone and anybody who would listen because I wanted them to enjoy the technology as much as I did. In my new role, I will be able to continue my efforts to support teachers and their students but now get to do it full time with IHT.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end”

    As I begin this new chapter in my professional teaching career, I close another. My University of Texas Elementary School community has held and will continue to hold a special place in my heart. The families, teachers, and administrators empowered me to transform my dreams into reality. For this I will be forever grateful and, just because I am not at UTES daily, I haven’t given up on the mission to continue to build the demonstration school, hand-in-hand with the University of Texas, called the University of Texas Elementary School. “Hook ‘Em.”

    The personal and professional experiences I have had along my journey have been more than I ever could have imagined. I consider myself blessed and from that gratitude, I look forward continuing to pay forward all that has been poured into me over the years from my parents, family and friends and #PhysEd Community.

   So here is to sharing this journey with you. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

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