Just ask Art Kitzman ...
Reading about Bureau Valley’s decision to pursue a waiver to change the physical education program in their district got me to thinking about gym when I was in elementary school. They’re happy memories. I had one of the greatest teachers. Now I know that a lot of people say their teacher was the best (and I say that about my high school journalism adviser as well), but Art Kitzman from Paul Norton Elementary School in the Bettendorf Community School District in Bettendorf, Iowa, takes the cake for sure.
My elementary school went from kindergarten to fifth grade. Now I had some amazing teachers and some who I would prefer to just forget about and move past. But Mr. Kitzman is one of those teachers we all treasured for his compassion toward us and his passion for teaching us.
Now, how I remember gym is that we had it every day for at least 40 minutes. We would line up at our classroom door, waiting for our teacher to lead us to freedom. We would often pass a class leaving the gym and try to find out what Mr. Kitzman had planned for that day, but often times we would just be told, “Oh, you just have to wait,” and “It was so much fun!”
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