November Coach of the Month

  1. Updates

Working in a returning school has its perks and challenges. On the plus side, the students and staff are already familiar with the Playworks program, having worked with a previous coach. However, really making the program your own can prove to be a challenge. But, not for Coach Jeanette!

At any given time during recess, you can be sure to catch Coach Jeanette working tirelessly to create a high-functioning recess all her own. Whether it’s making proactive changes to the structure of recess, implementing five-line soccer with a very resistant group of 4th-grade boys and girls, or playing an intense game of basketball with the 8th-grade boys, Coach Jeanette is always doing a phenomenal job with a smile.

Coach Jeanette goes above and beyond to include meaningful social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts during every class game time. Recently, Jeanette’s SEL focus was resiliency. This concept was introduced by relating the words to Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off.” Jeanette had nearly her entire class dancing and singing this song while simultaneously learning the meaning of resiliency.

Coach Jeanette has also created stellar leagues. Not only did she recruit 19 girls on her soccer team, but she had staff and parents attend each game while loudly cheering both teams on! Coach Jeanette truly wanted to show her appreciation for her team, so in addition to the awards ceremony, she held an end-of-the-year pizza party for her soccer team. 

HUGE whoosh clap to Coach Jeanette for continuing to go above and beyond! We can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve for the second half of the school year.

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.…