Outdoor & Physical Education

Student Outside

The Physical Education course is designed to increase students' stamina, endurance and overall fitness. Students are taught ways to deal positively with their mistakes as well as the mistakes of their classmates. Age-appropriate activities are designed to improve fundamental skills while promoting self-esteem and a sense of well being. Lead up games, hand-eye coordination activities, and the concept of "fierce and friendly" play are emphasized. 

Adventure Education is an opportunity for Middle School students to learn to safely explore and enjoy our natural world. The school's 550-acre campus is the setting for most of our activities which include hiking, games, construction projects, map reading, orienteering, farming, and more. Students use their imaginations and hone their sense of adventure as we work on team building, communication conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. As the students progress through Middle School, they progress from exploratory activities to more advanced wilderness and farming skills.

Middle School Outdoor and Physical Education Courses

Wellness Faculty

Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam

Titles: Director of the Health Clinic, Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: ASN, Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Elizabeth Bowie

Elizabeth Bowie

Titles: Visual Arts, Language Introduction, Lead House Parent (Warner), Varsity Girls' Soccer, Mind*Body*Exercise, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Photography/Spanish, The University of the South
M.A., Art History - Fine and Decorative Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art
M.A., Design and Visual Communication, Edinburgh College of Art
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Sarah Brehm

Sarah Brehm

Class of 2000
Titles: Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: A.A., Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Malia Carlos

Malia Carlos

Class of 1987
Titles: Fort Chair in Writing, Humanities Department Co-Chair, 10th Grade Level Program Lead, Mind*Body*Exercise
Degrees: B.A. English, Tufts University
M.Ed. English Education, University of Massachusetts
M.F.A. Poetry, New England College
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3145
Robert Ferry

Robert Ferry

Titles: School Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Programming Coordinator
Degrees: B.S.W., Social Work, Middle Tennessee State University
M.S.W., Social Work, Western Kentucky University
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Neal Johnson

Neal Johnson

Titles: Cissy Patterson Chair in Mathematics, Mathematics Department Chair, Strength & Conditioning, Track & Field
Degrees: B.S., Mathematics, The University of the South
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Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Residential Faculty, AOC (Thursday), Religion & Ethics
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2140
Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Titles: Athletic Trainer, Adventure Education, Physical Education, Substitute Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Athletic Training, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
M.S., Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3328
John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Titles: Humanities, Strength & Conditioning, Swimming, 9th Grade Level Program Lead, Residential Faculty, Conduct Council, Weekend AOC
Degrees: B.A., English, The University of the South
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Rob Zeitler

Rob Zeitler

Titles: Director of Athletics, Health and Fitness, Physical Education, Varsity Volleyball (Head), Varsity Boys' Basketball (Head), Residential Faculty, AOC (Wednesday)
Degrees: B.S. Physical Education and English, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
M.S. Sports Administration, Georgia State University
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2147