2011-2012 Physical Education Department: Professional Strengths
Dear EHS Community Members,
"Episcopal coaches get it." I have said this from early times here. This school is truly fortunate to have attracted and retained a coaching and P.E. staff of the energy, character, intellect, and goodwill our folks demonstrate daily. 'Nuff said.
Physical Education Overview
The always active Physical Education department is on the move this year! For the third year in a row, the department welcomes the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) to campus. The association will conduct their state wide "Pre-Conference" sessions here at EHS. Also, the department has added two new members to the faculty: Head Athletic Trainer, Dean Mannina, and alum and long-time EHS community member, Andrew Wyly. Mr. Mannina will continue working as Athletic Trainer, and he and Mr. Wyly will teach Middle and Upper School Health classes this year.
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts." - Winston Churchill
Athletics Director, Ms. Myra Mansur, has been a part of the EHS community for twenty years! In the spring semester, Ms. Mansur will teach Upper School Physical Education. She has earned a B.S. in Education from LSU, an M.S. in Kinesiology and Athletic Administration from LSU, and is an NFHS Certified Athletic Administrator. She is active in LHSAA and is a current Executive Board Member for LHSADA. Ms. Mansur's sons, Clint and Blake, both graduated from EHS. Clint graduated in 1994, and Blake graduated in 1997. Inducted into the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame, Ms. Mansur has spent a total of 35 years in education, with the majority of her career spent here at EHS. This year, she reports that fall sports are in high gear! In Upper School, students are actively participating in Football, Swimming, Volleyball, and Cross Country. Middle School students are enjoying Football, Softball, Girls' Basketball, Swimming, and Cross Country.
"Activity for life, that's a big deal."
Ms. Chinkie Cointment's role in the Physical Education department is administrative and advisory this year in her role as Girls' P.E. Department Chair. This is the first year that she will not teach classes, but she has taught everything from Kindergarten through 12th grade over her 36 year career at EHS! Ms. Cointment received a B.B.A in Finance and Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University. Over the years, Ms. Cointment has seen the P.E. department grow, develop, and undergo many changes in curriculum and scheduling. She and her colleagues strive to give students the best P.E. experience that they can each year. Ms. Cointment will retire after this year. She will be greatly missed by her students and colleagues!
"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi
Boys' P.E. Department Chair, Mr. Randy Richard, approaches his tenth year at EHS. This year, he teaches Recreational/Yard Games, Speed Stacks Cup Stacking, and Kickball to Lower School students. He appreciates the chance to see his students nearly every day and looks forward to his students having a fun and physically fit time in class. Mr. Richard coaches the offensive and defensive lines for the EHS Varsity Football team. He is also the Varsity Golf coach for both the boys' and girls' Golf team. He earned a B.S. in Education from Louisiana Tech University. Mr. Richard's daughter, Ryann, is a current Kindergarten student!
"It is very satisfying to teach a student a particular skill, and then to see them work at the skill, and later master the skill."
Mr. Chris Beckman teaches 1st grade Motor Skills, 6th grade Boys Basketball, and Upper School Basketball, Tennis, and Physical Fitness. In addition to his courses, Mr. Beckman is the Head Varsity Boys' Basketball coach and Assistant Varsity Baseball coach. He received a B.A. in English from Millsaps College, as well as an M.S. in Sports Management from the U.S. Sports Academy. He has been a member of the EHS community for 16 years. His son, Christopher, is a current 8th grade student.
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." - Pat Summit
Mr. Travis Bourgeois works across all three divisions, rotating between grades K-12 P.E. throughout the year. He received a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to teaching, Mr. Bourgeois is Head Football coach, as well as Head Girls' Basketball coach. He joined the faculty in 1995 and is looking forward to keeping his students active every day! His children are students at Episcopal. Bailey is a 6th grade student, and Annslee is in 3rd grade.
"If it is to be, it is up to we." - Anonymous
Mr. Dan Canevari begins his second year at EHS. He teaches first grade Physical Education, Boys 6th, 7th, and 8th grade P.E. and also serves as the Head Baseball coach. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the University of Miami. His children, Avery and Nick, both attend EHS. Avery is a current 9th grade student, and Nick is a current 6th grade student. Mr. Canevari is looking forward to fun, active units with his students this year!
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!"
Mr. Eddie Cole is beginning his fourth year at EHS. He teaches P.E. to Kindergarten students, 6th grade Girls' Archery, 7th grade Girls' Golf, and 8th grade Girls' Tennis. In his Middle School classes, students rotate activities every three weeks. Each of the activities is considered a "lifetime activity," which includes archery, golf, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. With his Kindergarten class, Mr. Cole team teaches with Mr. Bourgeois and Ms. Russell. Kindergarten participates in "Relay Monday" after a strong warm-up. Tuesday through Thursday, students rotate between stations, which feature a schedule of activities like bowling, ball toss, soccer kicks, and other age-appropriate activities, all of which are done to music. Fridays in Kindergarten P.E. are dedicated to "group day," in which students participate in a single, large group activity. Mr. Cole holds a B.S. and M.S. from LSU. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the girls' Cross Country and Track Coach and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Moderator.
"If there is something worth doing, do it right the first time!"
Mr. Claney Duplechin begins his 34th year at EHS! He teaches P.E. to 4th grade (Floor Hockey), 2nd grade (Scooters, Relays, and Tag Games), 5th grade (Flag Football), 3rd grade (Soccer), and 6th-12th grade Cross Country. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education, Social Studies and Drivers Education and an M.Ed in Educational Supervision and Administration from LSU. In addition to teaching, Mr. Duplechin is the Head Boys' Cross Country and Track Varsity coach. His record of 23 State Championships in Cross Country is truly remarkable! Fifteen of those state titles are consecutive. In Track and Field, Mr. Duplechin has coached a total of 13 State Championships. He looks forward to introducing new games to Lower School classes and emphasizing cardiovascular activities this year.
"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden
Lower School P.E. teacher, Ms. Heidi Hebert, is beginning her 12th year at EHS. She holds a B.S. from Mississippi College. This year is moving quickly in Lower School P.E. as the students enjoy a number of exciting activities. Swimming, bowling, Newcomb (a variation on volleyball), and floor hockey are only a few of the many activities Lower School students learn and participate regularly with Ms. Hebert. Coach Hebert is active during the summers coordinating all camps and other activities.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Ben Franklin
Though his schedule rotates each quarter between Lower, Middle, and Upper School P.E., Mr. Tommy Hess currently teaches 2nd grade Bowling, 3rd grade Kickball, and 4th and 5th grade Swimming. He is excited to introduce new games to his students this year, including water polo during Swimming class! He has incorporated two fitness days per week along with each unit with the intent to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. This is Mr. Hess' 13th year at EHS. He is the Assistant Boys' Basketball coach and Concessions Manager. His 15-month-old son, Cooper, is in EHS daycare!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Mr. Mike Kuhn teaches Physical Education in Upper School and 1st grade. This year marks his fourth as a full-time faculty member, but Mr. Kuhn has been involved as a coach at EHS for the past seven years. He received a B.A. in General Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University and is continuing his studies in Physical Education and Health at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He also serves as the Middle School Boys Athletic Coordinator, 7th and 8th grade Head Football coach, and Girls' Varsity Basketball assistant. This year, Mr. Kuhn enjoys educating Upper School students on lifetime activities that can be used beyond their participation in interscholastic sports.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Theodore Roosevelt
Although this is Mr. Dean Mannina's sixth year as Athletic Trainer at EHS, this is his first in a full-time role on the faculty. This year, in addition to athletic training, Mr. Mannina teaches Health to all Freshman students. This course gives students an overview of health and wellness by introducing certain diseases and gives an introduction to sports medicine. The I CARE program, "Too Good for Drugs and Violence," will also be presented as a component of the EHS Health course. Mr. Mannina holds a B.A. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Southeastern Louisiana University. His son, Nicholas Mannina, is a current 2nd grade student. Mr. Mannina looks forward to being even more involved in the EHS community!
"To belittle is to be little. To be grateful is to be great."
Ms. Reneè Price teaches Physical Education to Pre-Kindergarten students, as well as Health to 7th grade. She is excited to work with Pre-K students to develop a love of activity so they will grow into active, healthy adults. Ms. Price also serves as Upper School and Middle School Volleyball coach and is the Office Manager for the Athletic Department. This year begins her 21st year teaching and coaching at EHS. Ms. Price is a 1976 EHS graduate herself, and her children also attended. Her daughter, Brandy Price Wieme, was a 1995 graduate, and her daughter, Monica Price, was a 2000 graduate.
"The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves." - Helen Keller
P.E. instructor, Ms. Beverly Russell, teaches Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th) and Kindergarten. A 1976 graduate of Episcopal, Ms. Russell went on to receive a B.S. in Education from LSU. There, she was also a member of the volleyball team from 1976-1980. Her daughters, Bailey and Charlotte, attend EHS. Bailey will graduate this spring, and Charlotte is a current freshman student. In addition to teaching, Ms. Russell coaches Varsity and Middle School Volleyball. Come support "Volleyball for the Cure" Pink Game on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Phillips Gym. EHS will play Dunham and all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation. Players and fans alike will honor breast cancer survivors during this special game.
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
Mr. Andrew Wyly joins the Physical Education department this year! In addition to serving as the Alumni Relations Director for EHS, he team teaches 7th and 8th grade Boys' P.E. with Mr. Canevari. He also teaches the 7th grade Sex Education course and 8th grade First Aid course to boys only and is the Boys and Girls Golf coach. Mr. Wyly is a 1976 graduate of EHS. He went on to receive a B.S. in Mathematics from LSU and an M.S. in Athletic Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. This year begins his 28th as a faculty and staff member and he looks forward to getting back into althletics and teaching students after workly strictly in the Advancement Office for many years. His three children are past and present students at EHS. Konnor graduated in 2000. Claire graduated in 2010, and Jackson is a current 9th grade student.
After the Fall Holiday, please watch for the letter featuring the Social Studies department!
Hugh M. McIntosh
Head of School
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