Teacher Moves Kids Towards A Lifetime of Fitness

By KBJR News 1

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM CDT

Ever wonder why coaches shout a lot?

They have to with all the noise from squeaking shoes and bouncing balls reverberating through a cavernous gymnasium.

Rising above the din at Woodland Middle School is phy–ed teacher Joe Hietala.

"Teaching physical education is great. It's an opportunity to get to know a lot of kids in a different setting." said Joe Hietala.

Mr. Hietala is a Duluth Central Grad who coaches the East football team when he's not putting middle schoolers through their paces.

The goal of those paces is a bit loftier than merely learning any particular game.

"It's not so much teaching individual skills in a sport but instilling some values and getting moving and getting exercise in whatever activity they might enjoy." said Hietala.

Keeping kids moving in the short term in school and hopefully for the long term in life earned Coach Hietala his Golden Apple trophy and check from the Duluth Teachers Credit Union.

He's grateful for the honor of the award and appreciative of the opportunity to motivate students.

"I think if you appreciate the kids and what they bring to your classroom then you'll have an enjoyable experience!" says Coach Hietala.

At Woodland Middle School, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

We have two more Golden Apple Awards to hand out this school year.

If you know a good teacher, check out the Golden Apple portion of this website to find out more about the nomination process.