Meet Coach Carolyn

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Hello everyone, my name is Carolyn Themel and I am the Playworks program coordinator at Sense (Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence) Charter School in Indiana.  One interesting thing about Sense Charter is that it was a drum manufacturing facility before it was converted into a school.  I have seen an immense change from when I first started; I love seeing the transformation within my school and students.  I look forward to continually introducing new games to my students and watch as they “try it on” and make games of their own.  
 
My favorite recess game so far is Hot Shot Soccer.  My kids really love shooting penalty shots and we have a competition going on to see who can block the most shots on cones.   
 
There were many things that drew me to Playworks: I love coaching kids because it is immensely rewarding to help instill an athletic skill, personal confidence and achievement within another person. I am a big advocate against bullying, and I love that Playworks is committed to building character through recess and inclusion.  

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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.…