Christana Crivellaro has been teaching Health & Physical Education at Moravian Academy for three years. In addition to teaching Health and PE, Ms. Crivellaro also serves as the Middle School Athletic Coordinator, coaches girls’ basketball, teaches Sports in Contemporary Society, and is a seventh-grade advisor. Ms. Crivellaro also serves on the Personal Learning Committee which created the SCORE program and is a pioneer on the Development Designs team in the Middle School.
Let’s get to know Ms. Crivellaro…
Why did you choose education/teaching as your profession?
I think I’ve always been known as a person who wanted to be a teacher. Sports have always been a huge part of my life and I knew realistically I was never going to be able to earn a salary from playing sports, so as I got older I switched gears and thought about coaching, which led me to teach.
Why middle school?
Middlers are fun, and there is never a boring day! The students are just starting to figure out who they are and to really question the way things are. Middle school is also the first place where we start to see a decline in kids, especially girls, participating in physical activity. Changing that has always been a passion of mine, which is why I strive to teach a variety of sports/activities so everyone can find something they enjoy.
What aspect of your curriculum/program do you enjoy teaching the most and why?
I really enjoyed teaching about human sexuality in health class this year. It’s a difficult topic and required a lot of tough conversations. It also forced kids to step outside of their comfort zone and be both truthful with themselves and their peers in class. I really appreciate how insightful and open they are during this unit.
What is your favorite moment/event at Moravian Academy during the school year?
My favorite event at MA during the school year is Red & Gold Games. I love seeing all the energy and excitement from the first graders all the way up to the seniors. While it is a competition and everyone is working hard for bragging rights, it is a great community builder. We are really lucky here at MA to be able to have such a fun event every year.
What do you hope to provide to students in your classes and what do you hope they take away?
I hope to provide students with the skills and desire to be active throughout their life. Right now that means soccer, basketball, and lacrosse for many of them. But as they get older it could be ultimate frisbee, flag football, or kickball. With the growing number of adults that are being active and all the sports leagues out there, I hope that as they get older they might remember a game or activity they did in middle school and try it again as an adult.
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned from your students?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my students is to always be honest and real. Middlers can tell when you are making things up and trying to give them the run around just to save face. I believe my students respect me more because I tell them when I don’t know the answer to their question. Then I back that up by always doing the research to get the correct answer for them the next time around.
What’s something we don’t know about you?
I originally was going to go to school to become a math teacher, but instead chose health and physical education. After I received my teaching certificate, I went and took the mid-level mathematics praxis. So, I am also certified to teach middle school math and had some experience doing so when I taught in New York City. Another thing people don’t know is that I went through the Spanish Immersion program at Southern Lehigh.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I play in competitive flag football tournaments with a team from New York City. I like to travel both internationally and domestically, with my most recent trip being to Ireland. In the summer I spend most of my free time on Lake Wallenpaupack.