My name is Mr. Anderson, however, to kinders I’m often called “Gym” “PE” on occasion they even call me “Mommy”.  This will be my 23rd year teaching at Inez.  I was born and raised in Roswell, NM.  Though I’m fairly sure I haven’t met an alien, my sisters often make me wonder.  I have 3 older sisters and an older brother, yes I’m the baby.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico.  I am also a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist with The National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM).  Fitness has become a big part of my life.  By becoming a certified personal trainer I feel more equipped to teach students, teachers, and parents how to improve their level of fitness and health.  In 2006 I was awarded the New Mexico Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NMAHPERD) sports program of the year award for helping to start a USTA elementary tennis program.  In 2008 I was awarded the NMAHPERD Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year.  In 2016-2017 I was the President of my state Physical Education organization, Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE NM).  I am also very proud that in 2016 Inez became the first school in the state of New Mexico to receive a National Award from Let’s Move, Active Schools Program.  The award is awarded to schools that have created an environment that encourages whole school movement before, during and after school.  Last year I became a New Mexico Golden Apple Fellow.

I grew up in a family that enjoyed outdoor recreation.  Much of my childhood was spent hiking through the woods and deserts of New Mexico looking for a new fishing hole.  My brother introduced me to a multitude of traditional and non-traditional sports including tennis, skiing, and golf.  Soccer was my main sport.   My main activities now include training for and participating in triathlons and other endurance activities.  I also exercise with Grandma Myrtle and several other teachers everyday in the Fit-Lab.

I am married and have 3 daughters, the oldest, Jazmine graduated from UNM with a biology degree and now works at Sandia Labs.  The middle Elise  received her degree in education from UNM, and is now teaching fifth grade in Texas(WHY!!), and the youngest Jo, just graduated from UNM with a Biology Degree.   All three attended Inez and received an incredible educational foundation from the amazing teachers I get to work with.  My wife Is a fifth grade teacher here at Inez.  Yes it’s a family affair here at Inez.  She’s back where she began in education 21 years ago, and where we met.  I am looking forward to another great year working with your kids.

The pic was taken in Negril Jamaica.

-Mr. A.