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Michael Humphreys
Classroom Fellow
Arlington, VA

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Bio/Overview: Humphreys is presently with Alexandria City Public Schools working as an Instructional Specialist for Physical Education, Health, and Family Life Education. As a 2012 Fellow, Humphreys was able to work closely with the RESPECT document and greatly enjoyed hosting roundtable discussions and interviews with educational leaders across the country on the subject. Currently, Humphreys is pursuing his Ph.D. in Education Leadership at George Mason University. He spent a total of 15 years in the classroom, most recently teaching elementary physical education at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, VA. He came to teaching by way of the Johns Hopkins ProMAT program in partnership with Montgomery County, Maryland.

Educational Values/Philosophy: While settling into the world of physical education, Humphreys has begun pioneering programs that establish meaningful communication channels with student stakeholders; a long-overlooked aspect of most PE programs. With childhood obesity and related health concerns recently moving to center stage in this country, he is determined to create and deliver meaningful health and physical education instruction that cultivates a generation of healthy young people committed to lifelong activity.

Achievements: Humphreys is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Early Adolescent—Social Studies, Early Adolescent—English/Language Arts, and Early/Middle Childhood—Physical Education. As a physical education teacher, Humphreys has applied for and received more than $8,000 in grant funding and has piloted a partnership with Sqord, a start-up company that produces 3D accelerometers for kids.

Leadership Experience: Humphreys has served as a facilitator for an NBCT Candidate Support Provider class and acted as a state team leader for NBPTS’s “Hill Day” in 2011. He also was a participant in 2011‘s inaugural ED Goes Back to School, hosting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications Development David Hoff.

Affiliations: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Education Association, Virginia Education Association.

Education: Humphreys received his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University with a dual concentration in psychology and history and went on to earn a Master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Teacher Preparation Programs
  • Education Reform
  • School-based Parent Communication
  • Health and Fitness in Schools
  • Let’s Read, Let’s Move

Last Modified: 08/15/2016