Gary Martin: All-Star Teacher 2005
Where I Am Now...
Since I became a Project Fit America Regional Trainer in 2006, many
things have happened! The most exciting thing happening since becoming
a trainer would be turning "30"! My wife is an awesome
woman in more ways than one!! Specifically, I would like to recognize
her because of her preparation and planning of my 30th Birthday Party!
She'll never know how much it meant to me!! After playing golf all
day with some buddies, we came back to my neighborhood community
center where one of my buddies needed to purchase some Pampered Chef
items for his wife (at least that was the story). Upon entering the
community center, I was surrounded by many people who drove near
and far to wish me a happy 30th birthday surprise!! The theme was
the 1980's (it was AWESOME)!!! After hugging and greeting everyone,
it was time for me to change! My best friend was in charge of my
attire for the evening! My attire consisted of: Yellow football shirt
exposing my stomach, cut-off jean shorts (if you still wear these
I'm sorry), black glasses, and black/white Chuck Taylor's!! We partied
like rock stars all night long! The third most exciting thing in
my life since becoming a trainer is having the freedom to go fishing.
We live in such a wonderful country. Because it is so wonderful,
I can spend my summer experimenting all types of fishing! Thank you
to the soldiers fighting for my freedom everyday... I can never thank
you enough! One fishing trip I remember very well would be this year!
I have attended the annual Chowan River Fishing Trip (river in NC)
with my father-in-law for the past 4 years. This year I invited a
good friend of mine, Steve Cox. If you don't know Steve, go to PFA's
website and he's plastered all over the website because of his outstanding
accomplishments as the Senior Regional Trainer for Project Fit America.
We had an absolute blast fishing together! He is responsible for
teaching me how to fly fish and become ever-growing regional trainer.
One memory I will never forget because of Steve Cox (there are many
more, believe me): Finishing a great day of teaching PE and arriving
at home to see a Fed Ex package. It's wrapped with about 4 rolls
of packaging tape and after about 2 hours of trying to get into the
package, I succeeded!! One of the most heartfelt gifts I've ever
received: my very own custom-made fly fishing rod! Thanks Steve!
My professional life after becoming a regional trainer has been awesome!
I have been a regional trainer for 4 years. During this time, I have
coordinated and lead numerous teacher in-services and conferences
around the country! It has been a very exciting ride. The opportunity
to travel, meet other Physical educators, and enhance their programs
through Project Fit America programming has given me tremendous joy
and hope that we can truly beat obesity!! Although I have a chance
to give so much to others through PFA, it has given me much more
in return! I am more confident when I teach my students at McLeansville
Elementary School (McLeansville, NC). I have more ideas (received
from PE teachers around the nation) I can share with my students
about physical education and living a healthier life. Leading conferences/teacher
in-services has also given me more confidence. When you can lead
a conference when 100 or more are in attendance, you can do anything!
The programming section (one of the most important elements of PFA)
of PFA encompasses my Physical Education program! I have immersed
my students into Station Stars, Kong Level, National records. During
the past 4 years, my students have participated in these programs
and what a difference I have seen in their self-esteem and fitness
levels! Two of my students are National Project Fit America Record
Holders in Jump Rope and PACER Challenge (48 feet)! My students are
challenged and encouraged to do their personal best through when
participating in these programs. Other programs I lead include: Jump
Rope team (once a week in the afternoon), PACER Club (2X/month in
the mornings), Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Contest, Jump Rope for Heart,
Walkathons (raised $15,000 this year), and Field Day. Giving students
an opportunity to work towards a goal is so rewarding for them in
so many ways!
August 2010 will be my first year at a new school. I will be the
Physical Education teacher at McLeansville Elementary (McLeansville,
NC) and I am very excited! I will continue my programs at this school
as well as phase in some new programs. One new program I would like
to add to my list would be some type of fishing trip. 3 years ago,
I assisted a colleague with a grant through "Future Fishermans
of America". After our proposal was accepted, we were able to
purchase over $3500.00 worth of fishing equipment! I would like to
use this fishing equipment to go fishing as a reward for students
who do well in the classroom mentally, physically, and emotionally
I would like to extend my thanks to Project Fit America for allowing
me to provide other Physical educators with the tools and ideas necessary
for encouraging our students live a healthy and fit life. You have
given me so much the last 4 years (mentally, physically, spiritually,
emotionally, socially)...I will always be indebted to you. Love you!