Mission Statement

Conduct quality, interactive, best-practice-based professional development to promote physical education program improvement.

What can the Cadre of Physical Education        Trainers Do For You?

Cadre members can provide presentations and workshops related to a variety of physical education topics such as best practices in physical education, physical fitness assessment, infusing physically active learning throughout the curriculum, adapted physical education, and curriculum analysis. 

  Attend one of our workshops, share a workshop with other districts to split the cost or we can come to your district. Choose a module we’ve created or request a specific topic for your district or school for an additional fee.


Workshop rates:

Group size 1-30:  Standard fee for a 2-4 hour module is $450.00


(Additional fees may be applied depending on amount of preparation required or size of group, group size of 30 or larger will require an additional trainer)

            Meet the Cadre

Phyllis Jones is the K-12 PE/Health Coordinator at Regional School District 10 in Burlington, CT. She also teaches physical education and health at the elementary and high school levels and serves as the chairperson for the district’s Coordinated School Health Team. She is a former BEST portfolio scorer and currently serves as a Master Mentor, TEAM Coordinating Committee member and Reflection Paper Reviewer. She is the Facilitator for the CT Cadre of PE Trainers.

Dr. Jean Mee is the retired CT State Department of Education Consultant for Physical Education and School Health Education, and professor of exercise science. She is a former teacher education program coordinator, district director of health and physical education, and physical educator and health educator PreK-12.

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Jay Cebula is a secondary physical education teacher in Hamden, CT. He has experience teaching PE in grades K-12 in a variety of settings and has taught health education at the middle school level. Jay is a TEAM mentor and enjoys sharing his passion with beginning teachers as well as student teachers. He serves as a member of the school-wide instructional rounds committee and has coordinated multiple athletic fundraiser activities. He also enjoys the challenge of finding new and exciting ways to integrate cross curricular activities into his units of instruction. Powered by optimism you will always find a smile on Jays face.

Michael Cebula is a secondary physical education teacher in Hamden, CT where he was recognized as the district's Teacher of the Year for the 2011 - 2012 school year. He has presented professional development on integrating technology and aligning activities to the CCSS. He served on the district curriculum committee and is a member of his school-wide data team. Along with his passion for health and fitness, Mike takes an active role in the school community. He serves as the co-facilitator on the School Governance Council and coordinates numerous fundraisers to bring the community together. Mike is a TEAM mentor and is passionate about sharing his expertise with his colleagues, student teachers and college students.

Carol Ciotto has served as a professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Department of Physical and Human performance for the past 8 years. She spent 21 years serving as a physical education teacher in West Hartford, an assistant principal in Hartford and a principal in East Hartford. Carol has served on the CTAHPERD Executive Council as VP for Physical Education and Dance and is the President Elect for 2011-2012. In addition she serves as a member of the strategic planning committee for EDA. She has received numerous awards including the CCSU Excellence in Teaching, EHPS Superintendent’s Service, Connecticut Association of Schools Program, CTAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Program, Hershey’s National Excellence in Teaching and Service, CIAC Outstanding Coach of the Year. Carol has a true passion for teaching and learning and is committed to continuous service to the field.

Amy Gagnon has been teaching for 25 years; 14 of those years was in the Fairfield Public Schools and most recently is employed by Central Connecticut State University where she is teaching in their BSED program for PE.She was the NASPE 2010 Eastern District Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year and was presented the Outstanding Program Award by CTAHPERD in 2006.She has done numerous professional development trainings across the nation regarding Body Management, Elementary Activities, Skillastics, Scarf Juggling, and Interdisciplinary Activities. Amy is on the executive board CTAHPERD as well as the Leadership Council for the Eastern District of SHAPE America and loves preparing teacher candidates for this amazing profession!

Shirley Hughes is an elementary physical education teacher for Ridgefield Public Schools and has been teaching over 26 years. She has presented across the northeast on topics such as technology, integrating movement into the classroom and assessment of student learning. She is a master mentor who serves on her district TEAM Coordinating Committee, district Wellness Committee and Curriculum Vertical Team. She currently leads the elementary physical education teachers on a voluntary basis.  She has been honored by her peers and is passionate about teaching.  Some honors include: 2013-14 Ridgefield District Teacher of the Year; 2012-13 CTAHPERD Professional Honor Award;  2003-2004 CTAHPERD Connecticut Middle school Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Shirley believes the best  learning is achieved through meaningful chosen activities.<< New image with text >>

Rich Keegan is the author of “Global Games for Diversity Education” published in 2012 by WoodNBarnes.  He is the 2014 Simsbury Educator of the Year and the 2013 Connecticut Experiential "Michael B. Gessford" Educator of the Year. He teaches physical education in Simsbury CT; currently at Squadron Line Elementary School and previously at Simsbury High School ; acquiring over 20 years of experience in the Simsbury Public Schools. He is also a Challenge Course Facilitator/Manager  at Renbrook Summer Adventure. Rich is a frequent presenter at various outdoor education, physical education and recreation conferences around the US and Canada.  Prior to becoming a teacher, Rich worked in sports television and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Soviet Union and Japan. He often brings those experiences to the classroom. 

Kimberly Kostelis is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance at Central Connecticut State University. Kim teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including Research Methods, Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science, and Assessment in PE. She has served as the CT representative for Eastern District Association and is a past Research Chair for EDA. Kim serves as section editor in Pedagogy for the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science Journal. In 2008, Kim received the University Teacher of the Year Award from CTAHPERD.

Tony Loomis was a secondary physical education teacher in Naugatuck, CT for over 10 years. He is currently the Physical Education and Health Curriculum Coordinator in Wallingford Schools. He is the 2014 SHAPE America National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and was recognized in 2005 as CTAHPERD’s Outstanding New Professional. Tony travels around the country to present on topics such as Increasing Motivation and Participation in Physical Education, and Incorporating Technology into Physical Education. He also has experience as a key-note speaker. Along with being a Cadre member, Tony was part of the CT Physical Fitness Assessment Committee, 3rd Generation. He enjoys being a role model for his students through practicing a physically active lifestyle.

Michael Pietruszka is an adapted physical education teacher at the River Street School Autism Program in Hartford, CT. Michael has been teaching special education students for the past 10 years. He has training in Applied Behavior Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication and Assistive Technology which he incorporates into his curriculum. Michael has presented both nationally and internationally on subjects pertaining to grant writing, adapted physical education, inclusion, assistive technology and multimedia projects. Michael’s passion is to see special education students achieve optimal fitness and gain independence in the physical education environment. He enjoys camping and hiking with his wife and three children.

Casey Pilkington Aiezza is an elementary school physical education teacher in New Fairfield, CT. She has been recognized as a “Shining Star” in the New Fairfield School District and received an Exemplary Elementary School Program award in 2010 from the Connecticut Association of Schools. Casey has presented at CTAHPERD and AAHPERD annual conventions and is an advocate of the national “Let’s Move in School” campaign. Some of her current endeavors include; member of her district’s health committee, writing curriculum and piloting standard-based assessments.

Patty Pursell taught physical education for 25 years; 17 of them at Highland Elementary School in Wallingford, CT. She is a past president of CTAHPERD, Carol White PEP grant recipient in 2009, previous Teacher-in-Residence for the state of Connecticut’s BEST program, and a master mentor in her school district. Patty has facilitated presentations across the country and is an advocate for physical education at the state and national level.

Janice Skene has been teaching elementary health and physical education in the Glastonbury School System since 1988.  She has served on the CTAHPERD Executive Committee as a Vice-President three times and currently serves as Scholarship Chairperson.  In 2007, Janice was named the CTAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She coached Glastonbury Special Olympic Teams for over twenty years as well as the Unified Sports Team at Eastbury Elementary School. She loves using interdisciplinary strategies in physical education and her themes for Field Day have included “Games from Medieval Times”, “A Celebration of America”, “A Journey Through Books”, and “Eastbury Saves the Planet:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

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For More Information Contact:

Phyllis Jones
RSD#10 K-12 PE/Health Coordinator
Work: 860-673-0423 X15400
Cell: 860-307-1263


Dr. Jean Mee
Retired Physical Education & School Health Consultant
CT State Department of Education