2021 T.O.Y. Finalist - Timothy Osebold

Meet Timothy Osebold

K-6 Physical Education, Michigan Math and Science Academy Elementary Lorraine

To be able to run around with children under 12 all day long, it's important to be full of energy. Tim Osebold definitely emulates enough energy for his entire school. Just showing his face gets students pumped about being at school - and running away from dinosaurs! When the pandemic hit, it was so important to Tim to keep his students active and moving for their physical health, but also their mental health. He knows he's making an impact because students take initiative to watch his YouTube videos, invite their parents into the Zoom calls, and be proactive about making healthy choices. There's a reason he continues to have such a high attendance rate and it might be because he's their awesome P.E. teacher

A headshot of 2021 TOY Finalist, Timothy Osebold.
A headshot of 2021 TOY Finalist, Timothy Osebold.
A headshot of 2021 TOY Finalist, Timothy Osebold.

How do you encourage parent involvement?

I always share with students and their parents about the benefits of physical activity. It has been proven that physical activity can make a person happier, healthier, and smarter. During quarantine and virtual learning, kids and even their parents were often stuck in the house all day so the benefits of physical activity were more important than ever. The goal was to make my videos fun yet challenging and engaging. In the beginning, I’d see parents popping into the background curious what was making their children laugh. They seemed to wonder why their children were so excited to follow along with the lessons I made. This is why it was no surprise to see parents joining in, working hard, sweating, and getting competitive with their kids and the rest of the class!

How do you make a lasting impression on students?

There is nothing more important to me than building relationships with my students. Every single morning I stand in the hallway to greet every student in the school as they enter the building. Pre-covid, it was a hug, a handshake, or a high-five every single day. Since we have been learning virtually, I sign off in every meeting telling my students that they are missed, they are loved, and that I can’t wait to see them again soon. I truly believe that the rapport I have built with my students and their families help me to better motivate and inspire students to achieve success in and out of the classroom.

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