Meet the Teacher: Kyle Bragg honored as Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Anasazi Elementary School PE teacher Kyle Bragg. (Submitted photo)

Editor’s Note: Kyle Bragg recently was recognized as the Arizona Elementary PE Teacher of the Year — which Arizona Health and Physical Education awards — and earned a National Board Certification.

Name: Kyle Bragg

School: Anasazi Elementary School, Scottsdale Unified School District

Why you chose to work in the district: I chose Anasazi for many reasons. Anasazi offers a rigorous, differentiated curriculum that promotes critically thinking, but they also value the “whole child”. Having administration who values and supports specials/fine arts is important to me.

What I like most about what I do: I love observing students persevering through challenges, eventually grasping the concept. I also enjoy embedding character traits, life skills and content standards into my curriculum because I want them to succeed in all aspects of life.

Where did you come from: Bloomington, Illinois- GO ISU Redbirds!

If I had picked a different occupation it might have been: Professional golfer

What does it mean to you to receive your award and certification: It’s amazing. I found out I was named the 2018 Arizona PE Teacher of the Year and achieved National Board Certification within a two-month span. It’s been a dream year for me. What helped make it even more special was that every student and staff member in my school hand wrote me a letter explaining how much I mean to them, which I will cherish forever.

My vision for the school: To continue inspiring children daily. I want students to discover their passion through physical activity, which will help inspire them to be physically active for life. As Anasazi applies to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school for the primary years, I look forward to continuing to develop students to be caring, compassionate, and to have international mindedness.

How do you define success with a student: The growth in emotional maturity and teamwork. If I can help them develop those traits, they will have a great chance to be successful now and in the future.

People who inspired me (and how): My parents. Both have worked hard their entire lives and have taught me the importance of perseverance and work ethic. They believed in me and were always there when I needed them.

One thing I want students to know about me: I care about them and genuinely want them to succeed now and in the future in whatever they pursue. I also want them to know that even I make mistakes. Nobody is perfect! Just do your best and continue learning from your experiences.

One thing I want parents to know about me: I put in everything I have for my students and school. I also want them to know that they are a big reason why I am where I am today.

My advice to today’s youth: 1. Be humble and kind. Have an open-mind and work hard. Put in the work, and amazing things can happen. Do the right thing whether or not someone is watching; you will feel better about yourself.

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