Kathie Immerman, All Star Teacher 2004
Life has continued to become enlightening, inspiring and rewarding
since becoming an All-star teacher in 2004. Through the many quest
that I have embarked upon, I have continued to learn a great deal
about myself and my mission of health and wellness for all those
I come in contact with. This has taken me from the classroom, into
the community and beyond. I have enjoyed every minute of my journey
and would like to share some of my experiences.
I could never have imagined the impact that Project Fit would have
on a lone Physical Education teacher from the state of New Jersey.
From the beginning there was a sense of true dedication for the
well being of each child in America, as well as, an unbelievable
support system, that even today, continues to evolve and develop.
In becoming a Project Fit Trainer and joining the PFA Team, I soon
realized what a wonderful group of individuals I would come to
know. Each time we have been fortunate enough to meet to share
ideas, collaborate, and work together; there has been a sense of
cultivating a family that continues to grow. They have inspired
me with their endless energy, expertise, dedication, creativity
and caring nature. (They are also very funny and fun to be around
too!)They helped build a sense of confidence that I was able to
take with me as I visited and trained schools in various states.
Each of the PFA schools that I have been fortunate to visit and
train has been such a rewarding experience. I have realized that
no matter where you go in the US, students and adults are very
similar in there desire to learn, practice and grow as individuals.
I would love to hear from any of the PFA schools on their experiences
or any others individuals that enjoy teaching.
My love for traveling has taken me too various states within our
own grand USA. My husband, John and son Michael are true railroad
enthusiast and they have talked me into traveling by train to various
destinations of fun and adventure each year. Each destination has
started in NYC, and some of the states we have ended up in are
California (yes more than 60 hours straight, lots of reading),
Texas (where we were able to take in a BOWL game), Arizona, Colorado,
Montana (climb Big Sky by snowmobile), Illinois, Florida, and North
Carolina. There are only 6 more states that I need on my quest
to say I have been to every state; Alabama, Louisiana, Wyoming,
South Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii. I will accept an invitation to
any of these states at any time of the year.
Each summer I revert back to almost being a kid again. I work at
a summer camp in New Hampshire, and I’m fortunate my husband
and son are able to come along. The great outdoors is a wonderful
get away from the busy schedule of the school year. The days are
long, but filled with fun and excitement. I am very thankful each
day, I look out over the lake as the sun sets, another wonderful
day at camp, and I am able to have this view. This will be my 25
summer in New Hampshire and my 33rd year at a summer camp. During
the summer it is hard to take the kid out of me.
This year as I began the school year I found out that a good friend
had breast cancer. The word cancer is always a hard one to take.
She discussed with me her desire to walk in the NYC Avon Walk for
Breast Cancer. I agreed to support her and do the walk too. When
I found out the distance (39 miles) and how much time I had to
train (not even a month), I wasn’t sure if I could make it.
Then it was what I had come to know through Project Fit that inspired
me-all is possible, and you can succeed. I knew if I put one foot
in front of the other I could and would finish the course. I had
been given the confidence through my work as a PFA trainer and
my mentor trainers. It was also a great way to see NYC from the
streets. As I walked through the streets of NYC on my quest, I
became enlightened on how this experience could help promote a
continuation of giving back, and also work toward better health
and wellness. As the year progress I was able to complete various
walks to raise awareness and money for Diabetes, Autism and Developmental
Disabilities. I was able to walk over 50 miles this year, which
was very rewarding in so many ways. What made most of these walks
so special was that I was able to walk with students and friends
from my school at each of these events. Next year we hope to establish
more of these walks to enlighten others about various causes, inspire
others to get involved and benefit from the rewards of health and
Stay tuned and I will try to update periodically on my various
quest as I continue my journey. Enjoy Life! Remember all is possible
and you can succeed!