LCPS’s motto is “Empowering all students to make meaningful contributions to the world”, and that was the goal of S/HE’s April 2, 2018 training of middle and high school PE teachers at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA: To empower students to keep themselves and others safe from dangers like sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, dating and domestic violence, bullying, substance abuse, mental illness, and active shootings.
S/HE was fortunate to have the help of volunteer LCPS teachers Ann Vierkorn, John Destefano, John Sharples, Joel Caruso, Scott Nole, Christina Bearce, Michele Gibbons, Sarah Verdis, Bryan Smith, and Michael Spiegelberg, as well as Sheila Jones, LCPS Supervisor, Adapted Physical Education, Driver Education, Family Life Education, Health Education, and Physical Education, Vanessa Wigand, Coordinator, Health, Physical, Driver Education & Athletics for the Virginia Department of Education, and Liz Payne, K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools. S/HE also had the chance to discuss student safety with Warren Pelton, LCPS Emergency Response Plan Facilitator, Virginia Delegates Kathleen Murphy, Vivian Watts, and Jennifer Boysko, and U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock. It was a great day! Thanks to all who gave of their time to make the training great and especially thanks to all the LCPS teachers for learning the program and helping to keep our students safe!