November/December Staff Member of the Month

  1. Updates

Mr. L is a special education teacher at Emerson School in Phoenix, AZ. He truly understands the value of Playworks and the impact it can have on the Emerson school community and especially his students. He is a strong advocate for and believer in play and uses it as a tool to help his students better relate to their peers, to give them socialization cues and skills, to build resilience and empathy, and to unleash their creativity.

Outside of his scheduled CGTs (during which he ensures everyone plays), you will often find him working with his students to review the games they learned so they feel confident playing at recess. Beyond that, over the last month, Mr. L's students have been using their free time to create their very own tag games to teach their classmates so that they can all play together at recess. Mr. L. is such a vital member of the school community and it is a pleasure for the Playworks Coach to work with him! We are grateful for superstar teachers like Mr. L who continually help Playworks to #EnergizeAZ.

More Updates


March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…