The 2014-’15 school year brought in a handful of new teachers to FC. One of these teachers is physical education (PE) coach, Jonathan Penberthy. On top of taking over several junior high and high school PE periods, he has assumed the title of Co-Athletic Director.
Penberthy, who has taught in the past, relocated to teaching on the FC campus to be in closer proximity to his home. In turn, he reports that the change is positive one.
“I came to the school because I wanted to be closer to home,” Penberthy said. “I love it here. It’s a lot of fun, a good atmosphere, good kids, and good fellow teachers.”
Penberthy is not new to a Christian school environment, and enjoys the atmosphere on campus and the time spent with his students. Since he has also taught PE once before and coached multiple sports teams, he is bringing over his experience to his new role.
“I came from a really good Christian school,” Penberthy said. “I know the reputation that FC has, and I wanted to be a part of it. This is my second year teaching. I taught elementary PE and coached jr. high and high school sports. My hopes for this year are to have a lot of fun and continue to improve on our skills in class.”
Junior Emmaline Krohn spends her third period in PE under the supervision of Coach Penberthy, and reports that she likes the new atmosphere that he brings to the school’s PE classes.
“Coach Penberthy has a more laid-back approach compared to coaches we’ve had in the past,” Krohn said. “He lets us play more games as apposed to years before, when we mostly did fitness. Overall, I think he’s really nice and I’m glad I have his class this year. — Emmaline Krohn, ’16
“Coach Penberthy has a more laid-back approach compared to coaches we’ve had in the past,” Krohn said. “He lets us play more games as apposed to years before, when we mostly did fitness. Overall, I think he’s really nice and I’m glad I have his class this year.”
Senior Alyssa Oakley believes that Penberthy has accomplished his goal of making PE classes more enjoyable for students.
“For the first time, I actually look forward to going to PE,” Oakley said. “Penberthy focuses more on games and sports than past coaches have, and our class has a lot more fun than in years before.”
Freshman Jaden Ventura, who is enrolled in sixth period PE class with Penberthy, says that he is becoming a better athlete in the class.
“This year, the focus of PE has switched from fitness to more activities and sports,” Ventura said. “It’s good for me, personally, because I have an interest in sports and I’m getting better at them every day in class. I’m also learning to be a better team player.”