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Gail J. Weintraub

Student Teaching Coordinator, Health, Physical Education and Movement ScienceVisiting Professor of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science

B.S., Indiana State UniversityM.A., Adelphi University

Description

Upon graduating from college, I taught physical education in the Lynbrook public schools and coached eight sports. During my child care leave, I accepted a position at Brooklyn College as a physical education instructor. After the birth of my second child, I felt the need to be close to home, so I started the first “Mommy and Me” gymnastics program at a local gym, where I also coached the competition team and instructed future Olympians.

As the children started school, I went back to work full time as the athletic director of a private school. That position took me to Hewlett High School, where I served as the coordinator of the health education program. I established the HIV/AIDS curriculum for the district, and I was called in as a consultant to neighboring schools. I spoke on “World News Tonight,” “20/20,” “ABC News” and “Nightline” about teaching HIV/AIDS in the high school. I coached the gymnastics team and the girls and boys varsity tennis teams. Many of my former players competed at Division I schools, and one student played in the U.S. Open.

My responsibilities at Hewlett were numerous and rewarding. I developed and directed the first Sports Night, coordinated the wellness day each year; organized the largest fundraiser in the history of the school; and coordinated a fashion/variety show for breast cancer research, which raised $132,000 for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.

After my retirement from public school, I became an adjunct at Nassau Community College and C.W. Post. During the summer months, I developed and taught life skills to disadvantaged minority students in a program funded by the Town of Hempstead.

In August 2009, I was appointed visiting professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science. I am the coordinator for the Department’s Teacher Preparation Program and the adviser for the Majors’ Club. During my non-teaching hours, I exercise, aqua jog, use my carving trike, do calligraphy, babysit for my grandchildren and travel.

Specialties

Human Sexuality, Teacher Preparation, Health Methods, Fitness/Wellness

Exhibits

  • Calligraphy Exhibit for Swarovski Crystal, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Wedding Showcase, Macy’s

Honors/Awards

  • Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers

Affiliations

  • Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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