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Susan Flynn
Susan Flynn
Location: Charleston, SC (College of Charleston)
Grade Levels: K-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 30+ years, elementary physical education, adapted physical education, middle school special education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 20+ Years
Presenter Profile
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Susan provides professional development for school districts throughout the United States and internationally. She has been invited to present at many state physical education conferences and workshops (Al, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IO, KY, LA, MA, OH, VA, WV). In addition to presenting at the National SHAPE America Convention and District conventions numerous times, she presents at national and state early childhood conferences. Susan also presents on Science, Technology, Engeerining and Math (STEM) through her National Science Foundation grant- TECHFIT-connecting coding, engineering and fitness.

Presentation Topics:

  • Move 2 Learn: Integration of ELA and Math with Physical Literacy
  • K-12 Developmental Appropriate Practices in Physical Education
  • Brain Blasts and Action Based Learning for the classroom educator
  • Physical Literacy for Early Childhood
  • Adapted Physical Education and Sensory Motor
  • Creative Dance Pre-K-5
  • Dance for the Physical Education Curriculum K-12
  • Physical Best and Fitness Education
  • Brain Blasts and Action Based Learning for the classroom educator
  • Technology in Physical Education
  • TPSR- Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility in physical education
  • Certified Presidential Youth Fitness Instructor (PYFP); Physical Activity Leader (PAL) and Physical Best Instructor

Scott Ronspies
Scott Ronspies
Location: Charleston, IL (Eastern Illinois Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-12 PE and College PE Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Presentation Experience: 12 Years
Willing to present locally (1-4 hour drive). Can present in the Fall and Spring.
Scott Ronspies is an Associate Professor at Eastern Illinois University in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies. My research interests include physical activity/fitness promotion and assessment in youth, youth obesity, curricular/instructional models, effective teaching constructs, and academic achievement and fitness. The courses I teach at EIU include Elementary Physical Education Content (KSS 2400), Elementary & Secondary Physical Education Methods (KSS 3400/3401), and Graduate Research Methods (KSS 5000). I received my Ph.D. in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, fishing, and reading.
Presentation Highlights:

  • Assessment in PE: IAHPERD Fall 2015
  • Indiaca: IAHPERD Fall 2014
  • Sleep and BMI: AAHPERD Spring 2011

Presentation Topics (sample presentation outline):

  • Physical Activity/Fitness Assessment & Promotion of Youth
  • Youth Obesity
  • Body Composition
  • Curricular/Instructional Models
  • Academic Achievement/Physical Fitness
  • Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment and learning
  • Teacher Work Samples
  • Appropriate Practices in PE
  • And More...!

Steve Shelton
Steve Shelton
Location: Christinsburg, VA (Radford Univ.)
Grade Levels: K-5 PE
Teaching Experience: 15 Years Public School teaching
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years | View Presentation Topics and Descriptions
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year.
Mr. Steve Shelton became a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Radford University (VA) in the fall of 2012. Steve earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Radford University in 1991 and was a member of the men’s cross country team. He coached boys and girls cross country at Christiansburg High School (VA) from 1992-1999 and in the process coached two state championship teams, enjoyed a national ranking in 1994, and was named Timesland Coach of the Year by The Roanoke Times on five occasions. Steve was hired as the physical education specialist at Christiansburg Primary School (VA) in 1993, a position he held for 15 years. After a successful transition to Christiansburg Elementary School (VA) in 2007, he continued his education and earned his M.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education from West Virginia University in 2010 and became a certified Physical Best Health-Fitness Specialist. As an active member of the Virginia Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) and the West Virginia Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (WVAHPERD), professional activities have included six presentations at the annual VAHPERD state conference since 2008 and five presentations at the WVAHPERD state convention since 2014. The Virginia Journal has published articles Steve authored regarding systematic self-supervision techniques, the association between physical activity and academic progress, and insights related to presenting at professional conventions. Additionally, Steve has become a contributor to the PELinks4U website ( Recent professional activities and honors include continued work on the Lesson Ideas Advisory Board, and in 2011, Steve was nominated and selected on a competitive basis as a national finalist for the NFL Network's Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. Steve continues to direct the Southwest Virginia VAHPERD Workshop, an important outreach commitment to increase membership and services to health and physical education professionals and students in southwestern Virginia and beyond.
Presentation Topics and Descriptions:

  • “Progressive Game Stages: Taking Students to the Next Level of Performance”
  • “Elementary Evidence”
  • “Cooperative Experiences”
  • “Effective Teaching: How Teachers and Students Should Spend Time in the Gym”
  • “Moving (and Learning) Across the Curriculum: Integrating Core Content in the Gym”
  • “The ABCs of Movement: Exciting Physical Activity Ideas for Young Children”
  • “Instant Activities”
  • “4 Square 2 the Max”

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