_DSC0194 (1)Mark graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Health and Physical Education and holds a Master’s in Health Education from East Carolina University. He has taught both middle and elementary health and physical education for 10 years in Asheville, NC, Ghana, and India. He has also spent time as a personal trainer, a diabetes counselor, and tobacco prevention coordinator.

This year at Rainbow for health and physical education, together with students, he will be exploring a variety of sports, fitness activities, and mind and body awareness, while all along being respectful athletes and mindful participants. A typical day in PE will start with a warm-up activity to get the blood pumping, followed by the lesson/topic for the day and then end with centering activities so students can re-enter the classroom and be ready to learn.

If you can’t find Mark on the field, you’ll see him working with Hospitality League. Hospitality League is the athletics division Rainbow plays in that compete with local school with a primary focus on sportsmanship. All teams are co-ed and available to 5th-8th grade students. The sports offered are ultimate frisbee, volleyball and flag football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and soccer and ultimate frisbee in the spring.

In his free time Mark likes to stay active. He is part of a community garden, he enjoys bike riding, and getting on the river! Dela is his dog and you might meet her in PE class one day! Mark’s favorite sport is ultimate frisbee and is a two-time world champion!

If you have an idea of a stellar sporting activity you’d like to see at Rainbow, contact Mark.

You may reach him at: Mark.Strazzer@RainbowLearning.org