My name is Doug Gates and I am currently a
physical education teacher in the Franklin Local School
I graduated from Otterbein College, in the spring
of 1985, with a BA in education with certifications in Science, Health and
Physical Education. I
completed my masters degree in teaching, from Marygrove College, in the
spring of 2001 and I have
been teaching here, in the Franklin Local School District, for 25 years.
For the past 20 years I have been teaching Elementary Physical
Education at Duncan Falls Elementary .
Prior to Physical Education I spent four years teaching eighth
grade science at Duncan Falls Jr. High School.
Hobbies - Play Baseball in MABL and MSBL,
Play Roller Hockey, Karate Instructor (Shorin-Ryu), Paintball, and Golf
Family - I have a lovely wife Judy of 26 years, and two
wonderful kids; Shalene and Mason.
Other Schools - I worked four years with students from Starlight
School, which is an excellent school dedicated to serving mentally
Philosophy - I do not perceive Physical Education as
an organized recess. My
responsibility as a Physical Education teacher are, in my opinion, among
the most important in the school. I
firmly believe all of my students are special and posses a wide variety of
talent and skills. It is my
mission to expose my students to a wide variety of activities, as to
encourage him, or her, to discover and enhance these skills.
As a professional educator, I
will present these activities in a positive and professional manner, as to
maximize the self-esteem and the self-confidence of my students. As a result of physical education, my students will learn
that physical fitness is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not
only now, but for the rest of their lives.
Throughout the school year, I
will treat my students with the utmost respect and courtesy.
As a result I expect to be treated in the same manner.
While I hold high expectations for my students, I do not expect
each child to be the best, but I do expect them do their best.
Creator and owner of MrGym.com, the number 1 Elementary
Physical Education site on the Internet (2004), Founded and implemented the
(2005), Constructed 3 climbing walls and 3 climbing ropes for our school
(2006), Made multiple speaking appearances at
local physical education seminars (subjects included: I.D.E.A. Program, Team
Oriented Field Days and Cheap and Free Equipment), Selected as Ohio State
Board Associations' South East Regions Faculty Member of the Year (2009),
Built an over 1/2 mile fitness trail for my school, with 12 fitness station
Favorite Short Story -
One morning, I went
out for my daily sunrise walk on the beach. Off in the distance, I could
see someone pick something up off the beach, wade a little ways into the
ocean and then toss the object into the water.
Then, the person, who
appeared to be a small boy, picked up another object and tossed it also
into the sea. He continued to do this as I walked. As I approached, I saw
that he was picking up starfish. I stopped and asked him why he was doing
this. The boy explained that the starfish were stranded and that in
another hour or two they would dry up and die. He was saving their lives.
The innocence of youth,
I thought. I told him that there were thousands of starfish on the beach,
and he couldn't possibly make a difference. The kid stopped and looked
down, as if to study the water that washed over our bare feet. Then He
walked over and picked up another starfish, waded into the sea and tossed
said, pointing into the sea. "Yes," I answered. He continued,
"It made a difference for that one."
In each and every one of us,
there is something very special.
We have all been gifted with the ability
to make a positive difference.
If we are fortunate enough -- the
power -- to shape the future.
to fully accept and acknowledge that gift,
we gain the mana
& Lead Up/Tag