Champions of Change
Chris West has been a physical education instructor at Bauder Elementary School in Fort Collins Colorado for the past 15 years. He has been co-leader of Bauder Elementary Wellness team since 2006, and has been instrumental in changing what students and teachers alike think about physical education. Chris has developed creative and innovative methods to integrate science and literacy into his physical education classes, and has helped change the culture of his school to put a greater value on physical activity. Because his time with the students was limited to 45 minutes per week, he helped school staff develop ways to incorporate daily physical activity into their regular curricula. Through his research and experience, he has spread the message that exercise is not only essential for health, but that it is essential for success in the learning environment.