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Student Teaching Spotlight - PETE

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

We interviewed Taylor Eves, a student in the McKay School to get an inside perspective of student teaching in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program!

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from, what do you like to do, how have you enjoyed your major?

"I am from Hillsboro Oregon and am the second of four kids. Growing up we would always go camping, fishing, crabbing, hiking, backpacking, biking, you name it. If it was in the outdoors, we were there. I also played soccer and basketball and then ran cross country and track in high school. I play the trombone and was in marching band in high school as well as here at BYU. And I have absolutely LOVED the PETE major! "

What inspired you to become a PETE major? "I originally was in elementary education, but absolutely hated the classroom. I've always been very active and hated being stuck in the classroom all day. PE allows me to still do what I love and teach, but also be active and help kids to live to be active as well."

What is your favorite part of student teaching? "I love just getting to interact with the kids. While there are always the kids who are obnoxious and don't want to be there, it is so fun with the kids who really do and find joy by being active. Their joy is contagious and it just makes every minute worth it."

What does your day to day look like? "I have two different schedules with an A/B day. On A days I have 3 fitness for life classes. These are basically a normal PE, but we focus on finding activities that you can do forever as well as we have a couple lessons that we teach about fitness. My last class of the day is weight lifting where they have their workout so I get to just join them in the weight room doing my own workout if I want. On B days I start the day off with a period of health. We go over notes and usually have an activity that helps them to visualize what they have learned. I then have 3 weight training classes that are just like the one on A day. For both days, I get to school around 7:30 and then get to leave around 1."

What do you want to do when you graduate? "I want to be a PE teacher when I graduate. I actually already have a job set up where I will be the PE teacher for a K-8 charter school which I am very excited about. "

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the PETE major? "This is the best major that BYU has to offer! You get to play games all day, wear sweatpants or leggings, and if you want to be a teacher, you're everyone's favorite! I almost didn't decide to join the PETE major because I thought it wasn't for me. But it is the best choice I have ever made!"

If you are interested in learning more about Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), schedule an appointment with a student ambassador here!

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