PPS Health and Adapted/Physical Education

  • Celebrating Lifelong Wellness

    Health and Physical Education are both strongly linked to the increased academic success of youth. A young person's ability to learn is also linked to their ability to feel safe in the classroom, relate to lessons, and have fun.

    PPS Health, Adapted Physical Education and Physical Education programs use evidence-informed best practices to foster safe, supportive and fun learning environments that engage diverse students in their development of skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to thrive academically, and to celebrate lifelong wellness.

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Our Vision & Mission

  • Vision:

    Engage all students in equitable, inclusive skills-based health and adapted/physical education so they may become confident, resilient, and empathetic advocates for themselves and others. 


    All PPS students will participate in innovative, inclusive, Health and Adapted/Physical Education in a safer and more supportive environment. PPS Health and Physical Education will:

    • Support teachers with authentic skills-based health and adapted/physical education professional development opportunities,
    • Facilitate the curation and development of culturally relevant and responsive, inclusive and medically accurate evidence-informed curriculum across all disciplines,
    • Engage the collective community by including students, families/households, community partners and government entities to postitively impacting their child's education and well-being.

Our Team

Dr. Jenny Withycombe
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Assistant Director for Health & Adapted/Physical Education PK-12
Cheyenne Freeman
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K-12 Health and PE TOSA
Susannah Lightbourne-Maynard
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K-5 Health TOSA
Vanessa Peña-La Torre
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ACT Program Manager, 5-12 Sexual Health
Lexie Zimbelman
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SAY Wellness Grant Program Manager, 9-12 Sexual Health
Lyss Linares
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SAY Wellness LGBTQIA2S+ Program Coordinator
Alana Burny
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Adapted Physical Education TOSA
Lonzo Urbina
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Adapted Physical Education TOSA
Rachel Toback
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Mental and Emotional Health Program Manager
Elena Beeck
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Business Operations Specialist