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An introduction to me....! :)
 
Brad Willett with a Fish
I like to think I am a person of few words- anyone who has ever sat in my classes will know this is definitely NOT the case…. I will try to be brief with my introduction page and hopefully we can chat in person sometime, rather than you reading my personal novel on some computer screen?

I was born and raised in Mankato and attended Mankato East High School. While there I as very active in sports- namely football, basketball and track. I graduated in 1994 and decided to attend the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. Like many young people entering college, I had NO idea what I wanted to do for a career. I did know however, that I enjoyed being active and around the sports scene. My ability to relate to young people also helped me work towards a Physical Education degree. (Coincidently, UWRF also was #5 in the nation for education degrees!) I graduated in 1999 with a degree in Comprehensive Physical Education (K-12) and a minor in Health Education.

From there I ventured north and took my first teaching position at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa high school teaching 9/10th Health, Physical Education, and worked directly with 2 students with disabilities (Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida). This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life- and consequently sent me back to school to earn my Developmental/Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Degree from the University of Minnesota-Mankato. I also coached while there. B-squad football/varsity defensive coordinator and head girls track. Budget cuts came and I then took a position at Morris Minnesota. While at Morris, I instructed 15 students in DAPE, 2 sections of 8th PE/Health, 3 sections of 2nd grade PE, and 2 sections of Kindergarten PE. Teaching in Morris was a rewarding experience, but I felt the need to get closer to family and friends in Mankato, so I moved and went back to school to complete my Health Education Degree. I completed this at Bethel University and had the privilege of studying under Dr. Bob Wanderberg, and Dr. John Rowher.

In 2003, a position at JWP opened and I jumped at the opportunity! I have always been a fan of small schools, for a variety of reasons. I feel, the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” holds true. The smaller the “village” the better you know the child- and the parents. I began coaching track and a year later became the Head girls track coach. I love teaching and coaching at JWP and look forward to many great years to come!!

** PLEASE check out my other "buttons" along the left side of my welcome page. I have listed a few health/exercise-related websites and some eye opening statistics pages.

You can contact me if you have any questions at: 507-234-5181 Ext. 7760 and/or bwillett@isd2835.org