Coach Gianna Makes Excellent Happen

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Coach Gianna and her recess coach at the Sumner Elementary School

Coach Gianna has stepped up her game for the 2017-18 school year, transitioning her two years experience as a coach into her new role as a Site Coordinator. This year, Gianna is working to transform the school environment with safe and healthy play in four schools in Dorchester and Roslindale.

Coach Gianna has shown dedication, flexibility, and enthusiasm in her work to make Playworks programming sustainable in her schools. She communicates with staff openly, professionally, and positively to ensure recess runs smoothly at each of her four TeamUp schools. During the beginning of the school year, she led several teacher trainings to engage and empower her schools’ staff members to create a safe, healthy, and fun school climate. She continues to keep the sustainability of the Playworks programming in the forefront of her mind by inviting the school staff to join additional Playworks trainings for continuous professional development opportunities. Coach Gianna has taken great steps to create a welcoming environment in each of her schools with smiles, high-fives, and colorful Playworks bulletin boards.

Coach Gianna continues to make excellent happen at the Codman, Haley, Russell, and Sumner schools with her contagious positivity, her poise under pressure, and her demonstrated commitment to the Playworks core values. She is actively encouraging her schools to stay active and integrated into the greater Boston community by attending an interscholastic Volleyball Extravaganza. We are confident that Coach Gianna will continue to make excellent happen in her schools and beyond for the rest of the 2017-18 school year.

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January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…