As a fitness teacher, Samantha Tighe is introducing RVMS students to a variety of possibilities for them to try. One day students may be working on a climbing wall, while the next day they could be playing a sport together as a team.
As a three sport athlete at Cedar Mountain High School, playing volleyball, basketball and track, Samantha Tighe developed a very active lifestyle.
Now as a physical education teacher at RVMS, Tighe wants to help other students discover ways in which they can maintain that lifestyle as well.
Tighe, who earned her K-12 physical education and health de-gree from Gustavus Adolphus College also participated in track at the college level.
After graduation from college, Tighe got a job teaching health in the Princeton School District, and one year ago she was teaching physical education and health at Springfield.
According to Tighe, the role of a physical education teacher is to expose students to a variety of activities helping them discover along their way what activities they enjoy.
The argument and the hope is when a student finds an activity they like to do they are likely to keep doing it for the rest of their lives. Tighe is introducing RVMS students to a variety of possibilities for them to try.
One day students may be working on a climbing wall, while the next day they could be playing a sport together as a team.
Each day in Tighe’s physical education classes begin with a cardio activity, such as running, followed up by the activity of the day. Time is also spent in class working on things such as flexibility.
Tighe said she wanted to get involved in education because she enjoys being around kids.
The chance to teach them phy-ed allows her to share her passion with them. Most of the students, she said, are excited about coming to phy-ed each day.
“I really like to be active myself, so being able to work with the students on that really fits,” she said.
Tighe said the chance to teach in the Redwood Area School District allows her to be closer to home, adding even though she was teaching in Springfield she and husband Darren were residing in Nicollet as it was a central location for her job and his in Janesville.
With Darren also working in the local district, life became much more ideal for Tighe, although she did not begin the school year on the job.
Just prior to the start of the school year, Tighe gave birth to the couple’s first child, their daughter Adeline, and she stayed at home for the first several weeks with her.
“My first day of work was Oct. 1,” she said, adding she is really enjoying her new role. “Things are going very well here. I have a great group of kids.”
Tighe has a minor degree in coaching and did coach basketball and track in Springfield, but with the new addition to her family has opted to put that part of her life on hold for a little while. She did, however, leave the option open for the future.
In her spare time, Tighe enjoys spending time with her family and being active with sports and taking walks in Ramsey Park.