TARA B. BLACKSHEAR

  Health & Physical Activity Advocate

Teacher, Health and Physical Education, Pre-K-HS 

2016 - Present 

Assistant Professor - Kinesiology - Physical Education Teacher Education

  • Courses
    • Secondary Methods in Physical Education
    • Motor Behavior in Physical Education
    • Physical Fitness Programming & Assessment in Physical Education
    • Teaching Cultural Dance & Creative Movement in Physical Education
    • Physical Education Elementary Content Knowledge & Performance I
  • Research
    • Physical activity promotion among underserved populations 
    •  Fitness testing and assessment in physical education
  •  Managed and supervised physical education program at multiple sites in North Carolina.


  •  Evaluated, trained, consulted, and mentored middle school physical education teachers.


  •  Developed and provided on-going professional development for physical  education teachers.


  •  Oversight of physical education equipment budget and ordering.

  • Physical education curriculum writer for national physical activity intervention program for middle school students.

  • ​POLAR heart rate monitor usage to objectively assess student cardiovascular fitness levels.  Awarded mini-​grant to purchase additional heart rate monitors for student use.

  • Courses, concepts, and activities taught include anatomy, biology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise testing, skill in sport, personal fitness, weight training, individual and team sports, rock climbing, dance, gymnastics, team building, nutrition, CPR/First Aid, sports psychology, swimming, community water safety, cyber-bullying, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, reproduction, and stress.

  • Among inaugural group teaching IB Sports, Exerc​ise and Health Science.


​​Education

The University of North Car​olina at Greensboro
Ed.D. Exercise and Sport Science – Pedagogy/Generalist, 2008

Florida A&M University
M.Ed. Physical Education – Pedagogy, 1995                                                                                                               B.S. Physical Education, 1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         




Experience, Skills, and Accomplishments
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 2009 - 2016; ​1996 - 2006
 PhysiPhcal ActivitPy Coordinator 
Physical Activity Coordinator

       

 



Employment


2006-2009

  • Fitness, skill, and motor development assessment.


  • Coaching experiences include boys and girls basketball, swimming, track & field and volleyball.



  • Design and implement health and physical education curricula.