Coach D Makes Excellent Happen

  1. Updates

Coach D is a fourth year Program Coordinator with Playworks Massachusetts, working at the Tobin K-8 School in Roxbury. Over the past four years, Coach D has worked hard to create a school culture that is safe, healthy and inclusive for all students. As an experienced Playworks Coach, he continuously exemplifies Playworks core values and collaborates often with his school to create a cohesive approach. Coach D emphasizes these core values through Class Based Action Learning and recess, purposely playing specific team building and intentionally asking certain questions during group debriefs.

During the month of October, Coach D made excellent happen by hosting numerous volunteer groups and special guests at this school. Throughout hosting these visits, Coach D does an incredible job displaying advanced components of Playworks programming and interacting with students, while simultaneously answering questions in a professional manner with the visiting individuals. Coach D ensures that all guests have an incredible time at his school, having students welcome them through cheers and getting guests in the game by teaching them the rules of the games.

Coach D has continued to make excellent happen through building and maintaining meaningful relationships with new and former students and staff. For example, he has a secret handshake with just about every student regardless of age and every staff members knows Coach D by name, valuing the positive energy he brings to the school. Each day, everyone is excited to see Coach D walk into school. Coach D’s passion for Playworks, his school, and impacting youth is contagious. Coach D has shown that he is committed to making excellent happen for the students in his school and the entire Playworks community.

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May 25, 2021

Recess Reboot at the Guilmette Elementary School ›

Playworks knows that recess is one of the most critical opportunities for students to be physically active, build core social-emotional skills, and build relationships with their peers. However, recess can often be a source of stress and chaos for schools – especially in light of new guidelines and restrictions due to COVID-19. For some added…

Principal Coleen Smith
Principal Coleen Smith

May 24, 2021

Recess Rocks in RI prioritizes Rhode Island students’ health and well-being throughout COVID-19 crisis ›

Recess Champions program recognizes educators who have made play a priority   Recess Rocks in Rhode Island, a six-year old partnership of Playworks New England, the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), has launched an initiative to recognize school professionals who have made it a priority…

May 21, 2021

Six Boston Schools Receive $25,000 in Wellness Grants After Helping Get Boston Back in Motion ›

More Than 3,000 Students Participate in Month-Long Effort Aimed at Improving Health and Well-Being of Youth BOSTON  – Boston Back in Motion, an effort to get young people across Boston to stay active as schools transition back to in-person learning, on Friday awarded six Boston schools a total of $25,000 in wellness grants for participating…