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Claire Zagami, Lower School PE Teacher

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Staff Spotlight: Claire Zagami

Claire Zagami, Lower School PE Teacher, is in her seventh year at CESJDS. She came to the School right after graduating from Salisbury University with a major in PK-12 Physical Education. Claire also achieved a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in December 2017.

Claire's affinity for athletics began in Kindergarten as she was involved in every sport and loved being a part of a team. As she grew older, she quickly realized that she wanted a career working with kids! At CESJDS, she works with kids in all grades from Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade, and enjoys seeing her kids grow from year to year. "I want my students to be able to take risks and try things that they may not try on their own, as well as introduce other strategies that they can use in any discipline," she says.

She also introduced a Nutrition and Fitness unit to the school, including 'MyPlate,' and helping students understand not only the importance of lifelong fitness, but more specifically which exercises target different parts of the body.

When she is not at CESJDS, Claire coaches high school cheerleading at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney and the Varsity Dance Team at the Upper School. She loves animals, and makes a point to spend time outside everyday especially enjoying playing basketball. Claire also spends a lot of time with her family, and travels to new places every year with her fiance. She is getting married in June 2020.

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