Fit to Teach Episode 8: Where Teachers Can Dream

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

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December 27, 2014

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With the encouragement of co-worker and CrossFit coach Meredith Davis, 18 Cannon School educators in Concord, North Carolina, started training at CrossFit Vitality. In this nine-part series, these teachers and administrators go through CrossFit fundamentals and try to determine the cognitive impact of the program.

It’s time for the final workout with the original group from Cannon School. After 12 weeks of CrossFit, these educators will be cut loose to decide whether or not they’ll continue to commit to health and fitness.

One teacher, motivated by the results she obtained, has already made up her mind and joined CrossFit Vitality. Along with weight loss and improved fitness, many Cannon staff members have seen a positive carryover into their classrooms. Michelle Zelaya, upper-school Spanish teacher, is using her new energy to fuel her teaching.

“It would be a lie to say (CrossFit) has not affected me in the classroom. … I feel better, more energetic, and I think it comes out in my lesson,” Zelaya says.

Her future goals include taking CrossFit seminars to learn more, including the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.

As an independent school, Cannon allows its teachers to dream and develop their curriculum based on their passions. Davis embraces this privilege and gives her students a taste of the Open when they watch the live announcement of Open Workout 14.2.

Video by Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub.

10min 55sec

Additional reading: “The CrossFit SAT-Prep Program” by Greg Glassman as told to Mike Warkentin, published Oct. 6, 2012.

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