Starting the year off as the new Physical Education teacher has been a big change for the students as well. When Paige Adams was asked how she felt Mr. Peirick was doing in his new position, she said, “He is making us understand why we do certain exercises. He is doing a really good job, even if its different compared to Coach Steinhoff.” Mr. Peirick is settling in well to the new position and likes his role as the new coach. He says, “The only thing I miss about teaching in the shop is having first hour prep, so when people brought in treats, I could get to them before anyone else.”
Mr.Peirick has made changes in a few simple ways. He says that warm-ups are different in the way that they now do dynamic stretching. This way, the students will be able to stretch out a little more and get their muscles warm. Mr. Peirick has also added a new, fun twist to their warm-ups, “We did a little dancing in one of my classes the other day, and we’ll probably do more down the road. I think that is a change that the kids aren't use to doing.”
As far as goals for Mr.Peirick and his ambition for the kids in his class, he is hoping that they may learn a little more about fitness each day while they break a sweat in his class. Aaron Peirick also stated, “I hope that my students can find at least one fitness or sport activity that they want to continue doing for the rest of their life, competitively, just for fun, or even just to stay in shape.” Mr. Peirick brings in new activities that are innovative and fun, matching his personality.
Which brings us to another aspect of his success in his new job. Many of the students of New Haven that are taking gym this year love to be in class to be fit, but also get more of his quirky personality. Molly Munsinger says, “Some days it may feel like boot camp, but mostly because of his persistence. He wants to see you succeed.” With this very flamboyant behavior in class, many of the students from Mr.Peirick’s classes agree that it is fun but also rewarding.
Congratulations to Mr.Peirick for his triumph in gaining students’ appreciation, and good luck throughout his years as the New Haven High School’s P.E and basketball coach!
-by Tenille Duessler