My name is Laurie Gaudreault and I am the Physical Education/Health teacher at McElwain Elementary. I have 34 years of teaching experience both at the elementary and high school level. I am committed to promoting practices and programs that educate and inspire students in kindergarten through 5th grade to achieve active, healthy lifestyles while introducing, reinforcing, and creating an environment where the simple joy of movement and play can occur naturally. Each year, I provide over 150 hours of co-curricular sports and programs like tennis, gymnastics, basketball, hip hop dance, golf, soccer, and much more. In 2019, I was awarded SHAPE Colorado Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and in 2016 I won a National Award for Jump Rope for Heart. I serve the State of Colorado by sitting on the Colorado Department of Education Adapted Physical Education Advisory Council and the Society of Health and Physical Educators Colorado Board. I have an endorsement in Adapted Physical Education and am a huge advocate for designing, implementing, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities including autism, Down's, visual and hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments and students with multilple disabilities.
In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at the Colorado Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp and assist at the Temple Grandin Equine Center teaching hippotherapy (the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic/rehabilitative treatment) to improve coordination, balance, and strength in young children with "special abilities." I also enjoy sailing, running, and camping at Lake McConaughy.