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Debra Shockey

     My name is Debra Shockey and during my sophomore year of high school, I was selected to attend the “Upward Bound Program” at Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma (now Southeastern Oklahoma State University).   The classes that I enrolled in were made interesting and fun by teachers that had a positive attitude about education. Their small acts of kindness changed my life and motivated me to continue my education.

     The decision to be in physical education came from the love of playing sports and games (even if I did not excel at it – I had fun trying). I wanted others to be aware of the fun you can have when you apply and use your knowledge, not only in physical education but also in core subjects. As children succeed in games and sports, their confidence grows - this helps in other aspect of their life.

      I began teaching physical education at Emerson Elementary in 1982, I taught physical education to kindergarten through fourth grade, for boys and girls, and coached the fifth grade boys and girls basketball teams –  my biggest hurdle was to play approximately twenty-five students in one game and try to win.

     Throughout my forty years of teaching, I have taught physical education to elementary school students, coached basketball for eighteen years (third through fifth grade boys and girls, been assistance coach for seventh through twelfth grade girls), taught high school health and a high school study hall class.

      I believe the well-being of my students has a direct impact on their ability to achieve academically, that is why I offer my students a wide range of activities designed to make staying active fun.  By staying active the student's self-esteem goes up, they make new friends and help other family members become active.
     When I look around and see my students enjoying the activities and using their imagination, I feel a sense of peace, this is a very powerful reward.  The enjoyment in the activities that I teach have kept me working in the education field for thirty-eight years and hopefully for many more years to come.
     If you have any questions or just want to say “Hi”, drop by the Linton Gym at E. E. Emerson, call 580-927-2338 ext. 125 or e-mail me at
     I wish to thank the community of Coalgate for letting me be a part of your children’s education!

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