By Penelope K.
Mrs. Cavender is a physical education teacher at Hampton Elementary School.
Penelope: When did you start teaching?
Mrs. Cavender: I started being a substitute in September 2003. Then I started being a permanent teacher in 2004.
Penelope: What do you like about online teaching?
Mrs. Cavender: I really enjoy using the music and videos. I don’t usually get to use technology stuff in the gymnasium because we are one of many gymnasiums that has no technology. I think the greatest part of being online is that I can be with my family.
Penelope: Since you said you like movies, which one is your favorite?
Mrs. Cavender: So, one of the first movies that comes to my mind is Hook because when I was younger I loved the story of Peter Pan. It was my favorite. When Hook came out it was such a different spin on the story that I thought it was really really cool.
Penelope: What are some of the changes in PE from when you were a student to now?
Mrs.Cavender: I think the biggest changes are that my school used to have a dodgeball unit. So many different dodgeball games! I remember I was taught how to ride a bike on our hard courts. Back then there was more physical stuff and games. Now, the focus is more towards the physically fit and healthy lifestyle.
Penelope: Did you always want to be a teacher?
Mrs. Cavender: When I was in third grade, I had a teacher who made learning fun. I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the third grade. Of course at one point I also wanted to be a soccer player.
Penelope: What is your favorite subject?
Mrs. Cavender: I gotta say reading. I like having conversations about books. Reading them and asking questions about them, like what is your favorite part? Why did you think the character did that?
Penelope: What is your favorite book to read in school out of the curriculum as a teacher?
Mrs. Cavender: The BFG by Roald Dahl, because in the book the way the BFG talks are funny and it’s spelled wrong. When I would read it aloud and speak funny. It was my favorite to read and funny.
Penelope: What is your favorite sport and non-sport exercise?
Mrs. Cavender: Soccer and HIIT training.