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                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 high school level, serves as the chairperson for the district's Coordinated School Health Team and is the TEAM District Facilitator. She is a former BEST portfolio scorer and currently serves as a Master Mentor, TEAM Coordinating Committee member, PDEC, 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.

Casey Pilkington Aiezza is an elementary physical education and health education teacher. She currently teaches in New Fairfield. Casey was awarded Meeting House Hill School's 2014 Teacher of the Year and is recognized as Springfield College's Top 40 under 40 graduates. Additional accomplishments include 2010 Exemplary Elementary School Program Award from the Connecticut Association of Schools and receipt of 2011 ING Unsung Heroes Award and grant. Casey has been Responsive Classroom trained and enjoys teaching her students how to build a positive learning community.

Amanda Amtmanis has been an elementary physical education teacher in Middletown, CT since 2000 and is currently the PE teacher for Spencer School and Macdonough School.   She is a TEAM mentor and frequently hosts student teachers from CCSU and ECSU.  She has experience doing presentations at the local, state, regional and national level on a wide variety of topics in both physical education and as a member of the board of presenters for the CT After School Network.  Amanda has previously served CTAHPERD as the Region 1 Director and VP for Physical Education on the Executive Council.  Some honors include two CTHAPERD Outstanding Program awards and 2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She is passionate about maximizing movement opportunities for all children and helping them to develop a love of movement and fitness for life.

Ellen Benham is a retired Middle School Physical Education and Health Education teacher, specializing in adapted PE and Unified Sports/ She is also a former Administrator of K-12 Health and Physical Education, Intramural Sports, Unified Sports and MS/HS Athletics. Ellen is currently an Adjunct Professor at CCSU in Physical Education and Human Performance Department, a high school soccer official and substitute teacher. 

Alexander Camire has taught physical and health education to grades K-12, and is currently the Physical Education Teacher at Ridge Hill Elementary School in Hamden. Alex has welcomed SCSU students into his school to implement the PASS (Physically Active School Systems) program and has also provided numerous mentoring opportunities. He is passionate about finding new and exciting best teaching practices to ensure that all students improve their cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities so that all students can lead a healthy life. When Alex is not teaching, he can be seen engaging with the school community throughout the day. He prides himself on making sure that physical education is a safe learning space for everyone.

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.

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 >>

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 Autism Program in Bloomfield, CT. Michael has been teaching special education students for the past 15 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, inclusion, assistive technology, multimedia projects and adapted physical education. 

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