This our fourth in the series of interviews and articles to get to know PTA funded programs better. The Physical Activity program is one of the many programs paid for by the Crocker PTA and not through Federal, State or city funding.  Please donate to Annual Giving to continue to keep this and our other programs running!

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Interview with Dante Clark, Physical Activity Teacher

What is your role at Crocker?
My role as the PA Coach is to bring safety, security, exercise, conflict resolution and most of all FUN to my yard.  I spend majority of my time on the yard.  I work 5 to 6 hours a day.

What is your background in this role?
I’ve been working with kids for 4 years. I graduated AmeriCorps in 2014 at Youth Uprising, teaching media production.

Can you give an overview of what Physical Activity is at Crocker?
I teach four classes a day.  Each class starts with stretching and light cardio and then 3 Games. All physical unless if it is a rainy day, we work on brain activities and strategy building games for classrooms.

  • K-2nd grade play tag, and simplified sports games to build hand eye coordination and comprehensive skills. We also work on the Cougar word of the month as part of class. Last month’s word was “respect” and this month is “courage”.
  • 3rd-5th grade have same routine, as I have a set of games to play by the month. By the end of the year children should have a sense of confidence, respect for other and responsibility.

Can you give me an example of how what you do has made an impact on a kid or kids at Crocker?
I see kids of all ages and hear stories of all kind.  I teach kids to accept circumstances that are beyond their control, to move on and stay happy no matter what the situation is. I teach them self-control and self-reliance to lean on no-one but themselves. To always ask why and seek for answers.  To not feel bad for not always understanding others or themselves.

What do you like about your job?
What I like about my job is that I don’t see it as a job, more of a duty for our children, for I also have children and teach them these lessons as well. I like helping children make good decisions on their own.  I don’t tell them what to do.  I love to watch my kids’ growth. I keep track of their growth with conversations that lead to an intuitive response. I help build cognitive decision making by allowing kids to talk out their problems with each other.

Anything else worth mentioning that the community might be interested in knowing?
Something interesting for the parents is to know I will be bringing my media production class here to Crocker. I’m also a guidance counselor and peer mediator at Youth Empowerment High School and Youth UpRising.

The Physical Activity program is one of the many programs paid for by the Crocker PTA and not through Federal, State or city funding.  Please donate to Annual Giving to continue to keep this and our other programs running!