Meet Coach Kerry

  1. Updates

This is Coach Kerry's second year as an official Recess Rockstar.  When she isn't leading recess or teaching a Class Game Time, Coach Kerry can be found in the hallways handing out high-fives to students and staff alike, encouraging healthy community.  She has also been known to put on a penguin suit and lead the whole school in the Cha Cha Slide during assemblies.  

What was your favorite recess game as a kid:
Kickball was da bomb when I was in school.

Has it changed now that you're a coach:
I still like kickball, but my favorite game now is probably Bethune Football.  I play it with the younger kids by throwing a football down the field.  Whoever touches the football first gets to run with it until they get tagged (two hand touch).  Then they bring it back to me for another round.

What is the best part of being a coach: 
Seeing all of the kids smiling and having fun.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go:
Australia.  It's been my life-long dream to be a surfer!

More Updates

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three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

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…