Testimonials from parents, instructional aides, and teachers

Marnie is enthusiastic, dedicated, and has great work habits. She is consistently successful in improving her teaching skills which benefits her students. Marnie is efficient in lesson planning for her students and consistently develops great rapport with her students.

Donna Jarvis

Physical Education Teacher

I have worked with Marnie as our APE teacher for the past 14 years. Beyond providing exceptional APE services to our students on the high school campus, Marnie is responsible for developing our fitness and wellness center to provide services to students in our special and general physical education populations. She has spent many after school hours promoting, organizing this wonderful labor of love. Another great program Marnie developed for our campus is a bicycle riding club. She provides adaptive bikes so that students with all disabilities can be included in the bicycle riding experience. Marnie’s knowledge of the APE curriculum is extraordinary. She is actively involved and presents her innovative teaching strategies at her professional organizations at the state and national levels. She is on the cutting edge of what is new in the APE field and is always willing to share information with colleagues and parents. Marnie is dedicated and has a great rapport with students and staff. In regards to her character, Marnie exhibits the highest standard of conduct and integrity.

Candy Lynn

Life Centered Education Teacher

I met Marnie in the summer of 01. She provides special services to a student I worked with as an instructional aide. I found her personality and caliber of teaching top notch. Since then I have worked with Marnie at many school sites and all grade levels. Marnie is consistently effective in finding the student’s ability and helping hone that.  She is friendly, professional, and approachable. She is inclusive in her teaching and employs all resources at her disposal. She really is a cut above.

Joan Nerrettig

Instructional Aide

We here in Oceanside have been greatly appreciative of the expertise and understanding in improving the physical and cognitive lives of our special kids and feel that she is an outstanding leader in her field. I am a parent of a teenage boy with Down syndrome and a former teacher, so I feel comfortable speaking for the parents and educators who have worked with her and learned from her over the years.  I met Marnie when my son was in elementary school. He not only needed help to develop his gross motor skills but also his social and cognitive. In elementary and middle school Marnie was his APE teacher and it was in her expert hands that he blossomed in many ways.  Marnie was there for him at EVERY IEP and her goals for him not only improved his gross motor skills but also helped to teach him important lessons following directions, communicating his needs, getting along with others, taking turns, and being a part of a group successfully. Her comments and suggestions were put into use by all teachers and therefore everyone was more helpful to Luke on his journey to be successful as a student and a person. Luke was soon to be successful in the general physical education class!

 

Marnie takes an interest in the whole child and has an arsenal of methods to draw a child out of his shyness and turn his reluctance into enthusiasm. Her goal is to help every child be his best and to maximize his potential and she does this with phenomenal organization and patience.  Her communication with parents is above and beyond what most teachers achieve and she is always available to discuss your child in an insightful way. I got to know so much more about my son’s personality and motivation while he was under her guidance and that is a precious gift to a parent of a child with special needs.  Not many teachers can take the time to analyze their students I this way… Marnie makes this a priority and we all benefit.  She could write a book on the “Best Practice” in Adapted Physical Education APE.

Marnie created and fervently implemented a unique program in our community school district. My son Luke was able to benefit for many years. This program was a Swim program at our local city pool.  She arranged and taught swimming to our special kids, kids who weren’t very welcome at the community pool due to their lack of skills and their need for accommodations. In Marnie’s lessons, kids were taught at their own level of comfort and learned so much more than swimming.  My son along with many others, was a bit fearful of the water and not cooperative with regular swimming instruction. In Marnie’s swim program Luke consistently received patient, understanding, directive instruction in swimming techniques, interwoven with lessons on how to follow directions, communicate appropriately, and calm emotions. Luke eventually was not only able to become a stong enough swimmer to join the Special Olympics Swim Team, he also learned to dive off the diving board.  He now enjoys going to our community pool and swims with his neighborhood friends. This is a dream come true!

On Saturday mornings in the summer, Marnie created a swimming program which attracts so many families who want to broaden their child’s horizons using the medium of the swimming pool.  I hope that others will follow her example is giving this gift of fun and safety to the kids in their communities…it is a source of pride and joy for our kids and families.

Marnie’s interest in Best Practice was evident to me when I attended the 2003 National Conference on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual as a parent panelist. She Chaired the event, drawing together professionals like herself and presenting cutting edge practices of Adapted Physical Education from around the country.  It was a huge undertaking that was a phenomenally successful. Again, pointing out Marnie’s superb organizational skills and her profound respect for individuals with disabilities and the Abilities they can achieve.  Marnie is not theory, she is ACTION!

Trish Shortal

Parent

We have known Marnie for over 15 years. She began working with our son when he was 3 years old and Marnie would come to our home and teach my wife and I how to play and interact with our son Ethan who has Autism.  Ethan is currently in the adult education program and will graduate when he reaches the age of 22.

We met Marnie when she was given our son’s case by the school district to assess and develop an appropriate adapted physical education program for him.  At our very first meeting we were impressed with her enthusiasm concern for Ethan’s improvement, and professionalism. Besides being Ethan’s APE teacher, Marnie introduced Ethan then 4 to her swim program. We brought Ethan to the pool where Marnie and other volunteers who gracefully give their time taught us not to fear. We were very uncertain about taking Ethan to the pool due to his lack of communication due to his Autism. Not only did Ethan understand, he could excel beyond our hopes. One of our concerns has been answered. Ethan has been given the ability to survive in a pool. Today Ethan is an avid swimmer and jumps off the diving board at his community pool.

Earl and Kari Lipe

It has come to my attention that Marnie Young is under consideration for the APE Teacher of the Year for the State of California.  It would give me great pleasure to share with you some of the things I have experienced with Marnie and know about her.

 

Marnie’s strong point are many, but her main strength has been her leadership qualities. During her school tenure at El Camino High School since 1992, I have found her communication and organization to be tremendous. She has achieved this success through a lot of hard work and determination.

 

The programs Marnie has started are many, but to tell you some of the special ones she has at El Camino. She is responsible for a Wellness center built solely for the purpose of serving those in APE. The center continues to grow with donated equipment all the time.  The regular education students also use the center when the APE is not in there.

 

Bicycling is another program she has started. She acquired special made bicycles which can accommodate students with all types of handicaps.  These students with assistance take rides on and off campus.  A truly great experience for those with limited abilities.

 

I have great admiration for Marnie. Her overall experience both in the classroom and with student achievement are great.  If you are looking for someone who is deserving and worthy of an award for achievement and accomplishment, I suggest you look no further than Marnie Young.

Thank you for your time

Ray Johnson

Teacher of Special Education, El Camino High School Basket Ball Coach of the Year

Ms. Young is a dedicated professional with years of experience in the adapted field and has a passion to make a difference in the lives of all students, disabled and non-disabled, who participate in physical education. She is a worthy professional who upholds the high standards for this award. I recommend Ms. Marnie Young to the SCAPE awards committee and the SCAPE members as the 2006 TOY nomination.

Perky Vetter, Ph.D.

Treasurer, CAHPERD Cal Poly Pomona Professor Director, Motor Development Clinic Coordinator, Adapted Physical Education

It is my privilege to write a letter of recommendation for an outstanding adapted physical educator in the person of Mamie Young. Mamie’s commitment to the development of physical education skills for special needs students is unparalleled by any other person in our SELPA or our district. I have known Marnie in my role as site administrator and district director of Pupil Services and Special Education for more than 12 years. I feel uniquely qualified to share my impressions of her skills and abilities as a physical educator and professional teacher. Marnie’s contribution to the value of physical fitness for students and their inclusion with their peers for the Oceanside Unified School District is beyond measure.

Specific examples of Marnie’s talents are numerous, therefore, I will highlight just a few. First, I feel that she consistently seeks to insure improvements in her individual skills and talents as a teacher. She does this by serving on state, local and national committees such as CAHPERD, and AAHPERD along with her participation on district level committees related to physical education. She has been honored by these organizations for her contributions to the betterment of the profession and her dedication to her students.

Marnie’s recognition in 1999 for the SCAPE Exemplary Program Award for Inclusive Middle School PE came as the result of a collaborative effort with a teacher at King Middle School while I was still the principal of that school. She was able to structure a program with the general education teacher to include the most severe physically challenged students in a highly interactive program, which maximized the opportunities for both groups of students, to increase their physical education activities while increasing the bonds of friendships and mutual respect between the two groups. That program continues to exist and continues to bring students of diverse skills together in a positive, supportive teaching situation.

Marnie has a passion for students who are in the early stages of their development. She loves the preschool ages and seeks to develop programs and activities that increase the self-development skills of these students. Those skills are both physical and social-emotional. She has assisted in the creation of playgrounds and playrooms that help the students in being more physically active and aware. She has also developed, because of her love and expertise of aquatics, an opportunity for students to experience an aquatics program.

Recently, Mamie was asked to serve as an expert witness for a neighboring district in the area of adapted physical education. She was recommended by an advocate as the person the district should request because she is so highly regarded by individuals who are familiar with the quality and care of her individualized services to students.

Our jobs don’t mean much if the families and colleagues with whom we work fail to recognize our support of their students. This is never the case for Marnie. She has the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with parents and the other district special education staff members to provide the needed types and schedules of services required by the students. Marnie is highly respected by her peers, parents and principals. She will always give more than is required and chooses to be a strong advocate for what she believes are appropriate services for students. Oceanside Unified School District is proud to have Marnie Young as one of our own. She is talented, professional, and dedicated to the program of adapted physical education. That talent, professionalism and dedication is immeasurable when it comes to servicing all students preschool through adulthood in this district. She is an excellent representative of Adapted Physical Educators in this state. You can choose no better representative of a person with purpose and passion for physical education than Marnie Young.

Raye E. Clendening

Director, Pupil Services/Special Education

It is my pleasure to recommend Ms. Marnie Young for the Adapted Physical Educator Teacher of the Year. As a member of SCAPE and a former TOY, I am well aware of the time, energy, dedication, knowledge, experience, teamwork, compassion, and expertise that are needed to be a successful APE teacher. Ms. Young has been teaching Adapted Physical Education for many years and it is time that California recognizes her ability as an outstanding teacher and award her the 2006 Teacher of the Year for Adapted Physical Education.

As an AAHERD National Teacher of the Year as well as Past Chair of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Council for Adapted Physical Education, Ms. Young has written her own curriculum and is an expert in pre-school activities. Her national contacts as well as state and local have been valuable as she stays current in the APE profession. She has been part of national research groups collecting data for various research groups collecting data for various research projects, including the norming of TGMD-2.

As a teacher, Ms. Young conducts excellent program meeting the needs of all her students with a disability while using effective teaching strategies, appropriate curriculum and methodology. Her numerous presentations at the National APE Conference and the State CAHPERD conference has always been well attended and the participants gain information and lessons that they can apply in their own teaching. Personally Ms. Young holds the highest standards for her own physical fitness. She is a world-class diver, holding many master level titles. Her passion for diving and her own healthy lifestyle flows over to her role as an advocate for her students making sure that all receive a quality physical education program. She is not afraid to keep other teachers in her district to the same standards as her, ensuring that the students receive the best physical education program possible. Ms. Young has worked with all levels in her district through consultation and giving various in-service during staff development says. Ms. Young is a dedicated professional with years of experience in the adapted field and has a passion to make a difference in the lives of all students, disabled, and non-disabled, who participate in physical education. She is a worthy professional who upholds the high standard for this award. I recommend Ms. Marnie Young to the SCAPE awards committee and the SCAPE members as the 2006 TOY nomination.

Perky Vetter, Ph.D

Cal Poly Pomona Professor Director, Motor Development Clinic Coordinator, Adapted Physical Education

It is my privilege to write a letter of recommendation for an outstanding adapted physical educator in the person of Marnie Young. Marnie’s commitment to the development of physical education skills for special needs students is unparalleled by any other person in our SELPA or our district. I have known Marnie in my role as site administrator and district director of Pupil Services and Special Education for more than 12 years.  I feel uniquely qualified to share my impressions of her skills and abilities as a physical educator and professional teacher. Marnie’s contribution to the value of physical fitness for students and their inclusion with their peers for the Oceanside Unified School District is beyond measure.

Specific examples of Marnie’s talents are numerous, therefore, I will highlight just a few. First, I feel that she consistently seeks to insure improvements in her individual skill and talents as a teacher. She this by serving on state, local, and national committees such as CAHPERD, and AAHPERD along with her participation on district level committees related to physical education.  She has been honored by these organizations for her contributions to the betterment of the profession and her dedication to her students.

Marnie’s recognition in the 1999 for the SCAPE Exemplary Program Award for Inclusive Middle School PE came as the result of a collaborative effort with a teacher at King Middle School while I was still the principal of that school.  She was able to structure a program with the general physical education teacher to include the most severe physically challenged students in a highly interactive program, which maximized the opportunities for both groups of students, to increase their physical education activities while increasing the bonds of friendship and mutual respect between the two groups.  That program continues to exist and continues to bring students of diverse skills together in a positive, supportive teaching situation.

Marnie has a passion for students who are in the early stage of their development. She loves the preschool ages and seeks to develop programs and activities that increase the self-development skills of these students. Those skills are both physical and social-emotional. She has assisted in the creation of playgrounds and playrooms that help the students in being more physically active and aware. She has also developed, because of her love and expertise of aquatics, and opportunity for students to experience an aquatics program.

Recently, Marnie was asked to serve as an expert witness for a neighboring district in the area of adapted physical education. She was recommended by an advocate as the person  the district should request because she is so highly regarded by individuals who are familiar with the quality and care of her individualized services to students.

Our jobs don’t mean much if the families and colleagues with whom we work fail to recognize our support of their students.  This is never the case with Marnie. She has the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with parents and the other district special education staff members to provide the needed types and schedules of services required by students. Marnie is highly respected by her peers, parents and principals. She will always give more than is required and chooses to be a strong advocate for what she believes are appropriate services for students,

Oceanside Unified School District is proud to have Marnie Young as one of our own. She is talented, professional, and dedicated to the program of adapted physical education. That talent, professionalism and dedication is immeasurable when it comes to servicing all students preschool through adulthood in this district.  You can choose no better representative of Adapted Physical Educator in this state.  You can choose no better representative of a person with purpose and passion for physical education than Marnie Young.

Raye E. Clendening, Director

Pupil Services/Special Education Oceanside Unified School District

Dear Don and Marnie,

I wanted to take a few minutes to let you both know how special you are.  Klay was so lucky to have coaches and mentors like you two.  Our family was so blessed to find people like you who are kind and loving and who welcomed us into their lives.  Thank you for everything. Thank you for loving my son and for appreciating what a wonderful person he is.  Thank you for your influence and trying to help make him the best young man he could be. We love you two and expect to be included in your lives for many years.

Klay & Shannon