October Teacher of the Month: Lori Haskett

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She’s taking P.E. class to a new level. WGN’s October Teacher of the Month shows her students how to step to a different beat. It’s a lesson they’ll take with them far beyond the gym – and one they’ve already taken to heart.

Lori Haskett, Teacher of the Month: “What’s your heart rate? In your zone? Good! You can slow down –a little bit high.”

Hannah Serlovsky, Nominating Student: “She is teaching us to stay healthy and keep exercising and make sure we are eating the amount of food we should

Lori Haskett: “As you know the obesity rates have gone up quite a bit.”

Lori Haskett teaches physical education classes at Orland Junior High in southwest suburban Orland Park. Key to her fitness based curriculum is the heart monitor. Every student in her P.E. classes straps one on.

Lori Haskett: “You remember back in the day, we used to roll out the ball and you just play sports. Here at Orland Junior High we have a set up where the kids play a variety of sports as well but we have it set up so the kids use heart monitors. What I think is the coolest thing about heart monitors is it doesn’t matter if you are the star athlete or the kid who loves to read a book because the way it is set up it individualizes everything and every student can stay on target. The kid who is not a true athlete, doesn’t work out a lot, they still get something out of it by what they do on their individual fitness level, which I think is pretty cool.”

Lori Haskett: “Check your heart rate. What is it right now?”

None of this is lost on 8th grader Hannah Serlovsky. After every P.E. class, Hannah says she is energized.

Hannah Serlovsky: “I feel happy and ready to go to science and learn.”

It was Hannah who entered Ms. Haskett’s name for teacher of the month consideration. In Hannah’s e- mail to us she points out that Ms. Haskett, in addition to teaching physical education, also coaches the school’s sports teams.

Hannah Serlovsky: “Ms. Hackett is open to her students in and out of sports, which has a positive impact on our lives. I will remember Ms. Haskett for the rest of my life.”

Lori Haskett: “I get emotional because I’m very passionate about what I do and when a kid writes about it and says, ‘This teacher is my role model,’ that means a lot to me. You don’t hear It often but when you do you know you have done your job.”

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