Our October Coach of the Month is . . . Coach Kira (a.k.a. Coach K)!
Coach K is a fourth-year program coordinator at Maxwell Elementary School in Denver who fully embraces the mission and values of Playworks. Coach K has made an amazing impact on her entire school community by encouraging safe and healthy play among students and school staff.
Even though it’s her fourth year with Playworks, Coach K continues to improve programming. Her program consistently sets a high bar for what recess can look like, both in terms of student engagement and positive recess culture. During this year in particular, her efforts have helped shift the culture of the recess team. Coach K meets bi-weekly with the recess team to help prepare them to take on active roles out at recess.
Initially, some school staff were intimidated by recess, but Coach K met each team member at their individual comfort level and has built their confidence. The results are incredible. In previous years, it was rare to see adult engagement out at recess. These days, the recess team jumps into games, uses attention-getters, and leads closing cheers. The contrast is night and day—all thanks to Coach K.
Coach K’s dedication and desire to create an inclusive environment with her school staff illustrates her commitment to the Playworks Colorado movement. With her desire to grow and bring others along with her as she grows, Coach K will continue to be an amazing role model for her students and school community.
Thank you, Coach K, for bringing safe and healthy play to Maxwell every day!