Monday, May 23, 2011

In the "Spotlight" with Barb

Meet the amazing 61 year young Barb from St. Louis.  Last week at the Pasadena Marathon Barb ran her 100th career marathon!
Barb Wnek completed her quest to run a marathon in every state on December 11, 2010 at Kiawah Island, NC.  and will run her 100th marathon at the Pasadena Marathon on May 15.   She is a physical education/health teacher, kindergarten-sixth grade, in the Ferguson-Florissant School District in St. Louis, Missouri.  Barb also teaches for the Gifted Resource Council’s Summer Camps which include Space Academy, Math, Marvels and More, Ancient Academy and Junior Science Searchers.  She has been teaching for over thirty years and holds a masters degree plus thirty hours in physical education with an emphasis on exercise physiology.
She has written two books published by Human Kinetics for physical education teachers, the most recent is Celebration Games Physical Activities for Every Month.  Barb loves to use her creativity in her teaching techniques.  She was selected as one of Dole’s 5 A Day Creative Teachers of the Year and invited Jackie Joyner-Kersee to attend her award presentation.  Jackie came and spoke to her students.  Because of her creative teaching ideas, Barb was selected as an Olympic torch bearer in St. Louis for the 2004 Olympics. 

Barb inspires her students to lead healthy active lifestyles through a program she created called the Health Bee.  It is the culminating activity for her health classes for the school year.  Students compete for trophies by answering questions about health and along with each question there are costumes and music.  Elvis the Pelvis and the Bone brothers, the Salad Sisters and the Vitamin D-vas are just a few.  In addition to running marathons, Barb country-western dances on a television show called St. Louis Country which airs in St. Louis on Saturday nights.  Barb is 61 years old and has no plans to retire or slow down any time soon.

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