Patricia Kestell

Patricia Kestell Email
Physical Education Teacher
Phone: 262-376-6716
Twitter: @pk_lv2teachpe

Please visit the Thorson Physical Education Website here.

Ms. Kestell has worked in the district since 1990. After teaching physical education and/or health education at Webster, Westlawn, and Cedarburg High School, she joined the Thorson staff in 2002. Ms. Kestell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical and Health Education, and also obtained a Coaching Concentration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She completed her Masters Degree at UW-Whitewater in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.

Ms. Kestell continues to take graduate classes in the area of Health and Physical Education, and has attended many local, state, and national physical/health education conferences to stay current on issues concerning students' health and wellbeing and best practices in Health and Physical Education.

Ms. Kestell served as both the District Health Coordinator and District Wellness Coordinator, and has a huge passion for promoting lifetime health and wellness within the Thorson school community and across the district. She established a Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Wellness Team in the 2014-2015 school year, and has helped students develop their student leadership skills while promoting fun, healthy activities through FUTP60. Thorson has formed a partnership with Wellspring Farm and the district food service program, providing students with a variety of monthly veggie, dairy and grain taste tests. Wellspring also provides monthly Farm to School nutrition lessons for students in 4th grade. Thorson Elementary School was awarded the National FUTP60 MVP School Award in January, 2016 for submitting the top FUTP60 video out of 292 video submissions. Thorson received a FUTP60 MVP Celebration with Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis from the Green Bay Packers, and had an MVP day that we will remember forever! Ms. Kestell served as the FUTP60 WI MVP Ambassador with MVP WI Student Ambassador, Sophia Winterhalter, for the 2015-2016 school year, and helped Webster establish a FUTP60 program for the first time in 2015.

Ms. Kestell has served in many roles on her state association board of directors for Wisconsin Health and Physical Education. She served as the WI State Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Coordinator for WHPE, working hand in hand with AHA to promote JRFH/HFH across the state and across the country. Ms. Kestell also served as the Elementary VP and was a member of the WHPE awards committee. She will be serving as WHPE President for the 2016-2018 school years, and looks forward to the challenge, collaboration, and growth that this role will encourage.

Ms. Kestell was recognized as the 2013 National Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year at the AAHPERD convention in North Carolina. She had, and continues to have, the opportunity to travel throughout the country sharing presentations with other physical educators, providing innovative ways to deliver quality physical education experiences for students.  She was also honored with the 2013 National Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator Recognition Award. 

Please visit the Thorson Physical Education Website here

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