Meet Coach Jess

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Coach Jess is a first-year program coordinator from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, working at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

Coach Jess’s favorite recess game
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Coach Jess says that she loves “seeing the kids work as a team to be successful in this game” and that makes it one of her favorites.
You can find the rules for One Fish, Two Fish here.  Remember you need to work as a team to succeed at this game, just like the students do when they play with Coach Jess.

Coach Jess’s favorite Playworks cheer:
The Roller Coaster Clap

Why Coach Jess loves working for Playworks:
“The kids!  I love playing with the kids and giving them opportunities for organized play everyday.  I was an athlete in college so playing has always been a major part of my life.  I am so happy to be part of an organization that believes in the power of play to change lives.”

One of Coach Jess’s favorite moments as a coach:
“One of my favorite memories happened when I walked into the after school program one day to play a game with the first graders.  When I arrived, they were finishing up drawing pictures for their teacher.  I heard two students both ask to use the black marker next, which in the past might have turned into an “I asked for it first!” contest, but this time it was different.  The two students that both wanted the black marker started playing “ro-sham-bo” to decide who would get to use the marker next!  We have been using “ro-sham-bo” on the yard for many games and discussed how it is great method to resolve conflicts, but I could not help but to be so delighted that they would think to decide who would get to use a marker next. I really enjoy seeing that the kids are learning skills such as conflict resolution and teamwork out on the yard and that they are able to apply those same skills in their other classes/activities.”

More Updates


December 4, 2019

Oregon State University Study Finds High-Quality Recess Positively Impacts Student Behaviors ›

A recent study by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Services found that high-quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children. While past studies explored the benefits related to the amount of recess time, this is the first study to address…

November 14, 2019

Playworks Mid-Atlantic’s Real Players Don’t Bully Event 2019 ›

  For the past two years, Playworks Mid-Atlantic has been teaming up with Google’s Be Internet Awesome campaign to work towards inclusivity and anti-bullying on the playground and the internet. Our Let’s End Bullying event was held in downtown Washington D.C. and consisted of a keynote given by John Gomperts of America’s Promise Alliance, as…

November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…