Wilfredo Quintana

wilfredo quintana

Wilfredo Quintana

Coach Q moved to FL from PR 8 yrs. ago after waiting a year for an opening to teach on the island. Coach Q knew little to no English when he interviewed for a PE Teacher position just 4 days after arriving in FL. He was immediately hired and has been serving the same school for 8 yrs. strong, 5 which he has been deemed as a highly effective instructor. Coach Q’s story is truly one of a humble beginning where his selflessness and passion has allowed him to lead influentially year after year. Through Coach Q I’ve learned that PE is not just “gym” or “play-time” where children run around to give classroom teachers a break. PE is vital and powerful in teaching students social and emotional skills such as empathy, honesty, responsibility, self-control, collaboration, leadership, teambuilding/communication and resiliency in addition to healthy living and the development of fine & gross motor skills. He uses PE to help students better understand and manage their emotions, make responsible decisions, set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts and maintain positive peer relationships. He created a running club 3 weeks away from a race on the tracks of the University of Tampa. That gave students the experience of a university campus; planting the seed of aspirations not just one of competition. Coach has also mentored some of the toughest students who have made attendance and behavior gains. He upholds accountability, boundaries, respect and structure by consistently caring & listening.

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