Matt Pomeroy
Twitter: @Physed_Pomeroy
Collin Brooks
Stephanie Sandino
Twitter: @smsandino

November 26, 2018
In this episode, podcast co-host Matt Pomeroy interviews Kevin Tiller, physical education teacher at West Elementary School in Andover, MA, and 2015 MAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Listen in as Kevin shares what’s in his “Action Pack” — his goals for the year, new things he is adding to his curriculum or program, self-care, and how he reflects as an educator.

Key discussion points include:

  • What are your goals for your school year?
  • What new things are you implementing/adding to your curriculum or program?
  • How are you taking care of yourself?
  • How do you reflect as an educator?

October 18, 2018
In this episode, podcast co-host Stephanie Sandino interviews Martha Lopez-Anderson, executive director of Parent Heart Watch. This national organization helps communities understand the true incidence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth, appraise risk factors, access preventative health care, apply life-saving skills, and advocate for sudden cardiac arrest prevention practices wherever youth congregate. PE/health educator Kyle Pryor also joins the podcast to discuss his participation in Get Charged Up! — a program that promotes the importance of having an automated external defibrillator (AED) and a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) in schools.
Key discussion points include:
  • What is sudden cardiac arrest and is it the same as a heart attack?
  • What is the Cardiac Chain of Survival and can teachers standardize this response in their school?
  • What is involved in implementing the entire Cardiac Emergency Response Plan?
  • Cardiac Emergency Response Plan tips from SHAPE America and Parent Heart Watch
  • Get Charged Up! Infographic and information
  • Health Literacy Month resources

October 3, 2018
In this episode, we're joined by three dynamic PE teachers representing different grade levels: MIchael Morris (elementary); Mark Foellmer (middle school); and Jo Baily (high school). Whether this is your first year teaching or your umpteenth year in the profession, you'll learn some new tricks during this podcast to help with classroom management.
Key takeaways include:
  • Examples of daily classroom routines that have been proven to work;
  • Tips for implementing positive incentives and praise with your students;
  • Suggestions for stop-and-go cues, attention-getters and grouping students;
  • Strategies for handling off-task behaviors;
  • Advice on choosing apps to help your classroom run smoother.

September 7, 2018
If you are a preservice teacher, you won’t want to miss this episode! Listen in as podcast co-host Collin Brooks and a class of preservice teachers interview SHAPE America President Judy LoBianco. Key takeaways include:
  • Advice on preparing for your first job in health education or physical education;
  • Insight about what physical education administrators look for when interviewing candidates;
  • Tips on how to become an advocate for your profession.

August 7, 2018
In this episode, Matt interviews physical educators Sarah Heidl and Stephanie Sandino. Listen in to learn how they got started in education, how they began their leadership journey, and how they got into leadership positions.

Key takeaways include:

  • Insight about the different ways to enter leadership positions;
  • Examples of different leadership roles or opportunities for physical educators;
  • Tips on how you can find and get accepted into leadership positions;
  • Details about what responsibilities are expected in different leadership roles.

Missing #SHAPENashville?

Relive some of the highlights from our epic general session presentations and catch “behind the scenes” interviews by the SHAPE America podcast team.


  • Episode 104: Live From #SHAPENashville — Day Three
    • Join Matt, Stephanie and Collin as they continue their live broadcasts from the exhibit hall at #SHAPENashville.
  • Episode 103: Advocacy @ #SHAPENashville
    • Stephanie and Matt interview SHAPE America Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Carly Wright, as well as Minnesota SHAPE Past President Mike Doyle and Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius! We hear some really big news about ESSA and learn how to engage members of your state organization so they can advocate for ESSA as well.
  • Episode 102: Day One Live in the Exhibit Hall
    • Join Matt, Steph and Collin for their live broadcast from the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo as they talk about all the happening at #SHAPENashville.
  • Episode 101: Josh Meibos Interview
    • Don’t miss this interview with Josh Meibos, Arizona Teacher of the Year, at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Nashville, TN. Listen to his empowering journey as he shifts careers from business to physical education, the profession he had a longtime passion for.
  • Episode 100: The #PhysEdChopped Challenge
    • Hear this live recap of the #PhysEdChopped Challenge, a social event and collaborative competition at #SHAPENashville! Ten groups of teachers competed in a three-round contest. Each round (Instant Activity, Skill Lesson, and Review/Closure) featured a wacky combination of PE equipment.
  • Episode 99: Keynote Interview: Stephen Ritz
    • Listen in to our interview with Stephen Ritz, keynote speaker at SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo and the founder of the Hear his incredible story about how he has transformed his neighborhood by teaching and empowering young people to become urban farmers.

Upcoming Podcast Topics

  • Health Literacy Month/Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Health Education Action Pack
  • HPE Coordinator
  • PE Action Pack
  • H4H and JRFH

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