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Katie Whelan - Physical Education Teacher

I love the energy and self worth the students give me as a teacher and coach.

Physical Education Teacher

  • What three adjectives would you use to describe your classroom?

    Energetic, Fun, Motivating
     
  • What do you love about Shipley?

    I thoroughly enjoy watching the children grow and mature throughout the years from lower to middle to upper school. It is amazing how confident, grown up, and independent they become. I have been in a position to teach and coach all divisions at Shipley.
     
  • What inspired you to choose education?

    I started coaching young kids in college and knew then that this was what I was meant to do. I love to watch them develop and become better players through hard work and determination. I was a coach at Shipley first, then I had the opportunity to become a teacher. I love the energy and self-worth the students give me as a teacher and coach.
     
  • What is your favorite lesson, project or activity? Why?

    My favorite lesson is the assessment I do with the students at the end of the field hockey unit. They get to pick a partner and go through skill stations and work on all the skills that were taught prior. It is great to see them work with a partner and motivate and encourage each other while learning new skills.
     
  • What is your favorite food?

    Anything chocolate.
     
  • Name something you can’t live without:

    My son Colin, the light of my life. He makes me laugh and is so caring and loving. I am so fortunate.
     
  • What is your favorite season?

    Summer. The beach is my happy place.
     
  • What is your favorite quote?

    “Hard work beats Talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”
     
  • Where was the best vacation you ever had?

    A trip to Ireland with my whole family. It was so beautiful - the sights and the people. It was nice to hang out with all my siblings, now that we are all adults and close friends, which makes my parents very happy.
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.