Dr. Beth Foster, CAPE, Adapted Physical Education Program Coordinator, Motor Development Clinic Director
Dr. Beth Foster holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in coaching, health, and Adapted Physical Education, Master’s degree in Science with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education, and a Ph.D in Adapted Physical Education with a minor in deaf education. She has taught Adapted Physical Education in public schools for 8 years and has served as a district consultant for APE. She also has had experience in Adapted Sports, being part of Camp Abilities (a developmental sport camp for individuals who are blind, visually impaired or Deafblind) and a sport program manager for RISE Adaptive Sports. Dr. Beth Foster was named the 2012 Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Adapted Physical Education teacher of the year. She is currently a member at large for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) and has presented in the field of Adapted Physical Education at local, state, and national levels.
Sascha Hoemke, Motor Development Clinic Coordinator
Sascha was a student at Cal Poly Pomona for 5 years before taking on the position in the Motor Development Clinic. Receiving not only his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in the Pedagogy option, he also continued on to earn his Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education as well as his Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Sascha spent part of his time at Cal Poly as a student in the clinic, working as an Associate Clinician and later as a Clinician. He has also spent some time teaching different pedagogy and activity classes at Cal Poly. Sascha is passionate about promoting life-long physical activity for everyone.
The Motor Development Clinic teachers are upper-division undergraduate or graduate students specializing in teaching and/or working with children with disabilities. Each clinic teacher must complete specific course work in Adapted Physical Education and Motor Development, as well as other related areas. In addition to the course work, CPP students must meet rigorous competencies in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of a movement program. All teachers spend a minimum of one quarter as an observer/assistant teacher before they are qualified to teach their own clinic participants. An observer/assistant teacher is in training. CPP students are majoring in adapted physical education, physical education, liberal studies/special education, or a related field, in good academic standing, and a person who has met the rigid entry requirements established by the clinic administration.
Although the teachers have control of the participant’s assessment, activities, and movement program, they are in constant communication with the coordinator and director. Daily lesson plans as well as the quarter goals and objectives are reviewed by the coordinator and or director. Part of the CPP students ongoing training is constant feedback from the coordinator concerning the participant, the movement program, and parent interaction. The teachers are capable of handling most questions the parents ask. The director is available for interaction with the parents regarding program placement at the end of each quarter session.