The founding vision of Physical EDGE is to elevate the field of health and physical education (HPE). We firmly believe quality HPE is vital to the overall wellness of PreK-12 students, academic learning, and our society.
Our deepest purpose is to generate an excellence in physical education curriculum and instruction with the goal to strengthen our global physical education profession. We strive to offer the physical education, health, and wellness community with trusted and reliable, standards- and research-based curricula, resources, instructional tools, and professional development services in order to more effectively prepare, instruct, and evaluate physical education learners to become physically literate individuals.
Subdivisions from this goal can be found in Coaching and Working Professional communities in an attempt to generate more health-conscious individuals, productivity, and overall wellness.
DR. MICHAEL HODGES, PHD
Founder & Pedagogy Specialist
Dr. Michael Hodges is currently an Associate Professor, and has been teaching Physical Education Teacher Education for 8 years. He originally created the Physical EDGE when discovering public schools were routinely struggling to offer quality physical education, drastically effecting teacher candidates' development and school recruitment.
Dr. Hodges holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Physical Education from Arizona State University. He has a wide-range of teaching and coaching experiences working 6 years in the K-12 public school system in Arizona, and serving as both an interscholastic and collegiate football coach. His passion resides in reshaping K-12 physical education curriculum and creating useful tools for professionals to make teaching more exciting and effective.
Dr. Hodges is known for his hands-on training methods and believes in modeling workable and effective methodologies through situational teaching. He has coordinated his efforts in reshaping school districts' health and wellness of their students through personalized partnerships, that have undoubtably positively changed the outcome of their programs. He has two wonderful children Thea (6yo) & Mikey (4yo). Dr. Hodges enjoys golfing, hiking, resistance training, and playing with his kids.
DR. JONATHAN MOSS, ED.D
Health Education Expert
Dr. Jonathan Moss received his doctorate degree from Seton Hall University in the field of Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy. With research emphasizing in the Danielson Model of evaluation. Currently, Dr. Moss is in his 6th year as an Assistant Principal at Readington Middle School, having previously served as a Health Educator for 6 years. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching progressive health courses to future HPE professionals.
Dr. Moss, has worked with NJ schools for four years, assisting HPE teachers curriculum and instruction specifically targeting challenging health topics (i.e., ALLY, Sex Education, Stress Management, Wellness). His goal is to provide our field with quality instruction and accurate knowledge of health to assist in making informed health choices throughout one's entire life. He enjoys spending time on the beach and with his family.
DR. ROB WAGNER
Strength & Conditioning
Dr. Rob Wagner is currently a High School Athletic Director at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, holding a Certified Master Athletic Administrators degree from NIAAA. He also serves as the school’s strength and conditioning program coach. Previously he was an instructor at the school where he taught Physical Education and Kinesiology. He also runs Wagner’s Advanced Sport Performance Training and Consulting.
Dr. Wagner is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He also is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus through the NSCA. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a Senior Level Coach and by USA Track & Field as a Level I coach.
Dr. Wagner is also a national speaker and author on the topic of strength & conditioning having authored over 40 articles. His topics focus on Strength & Conditioning programming and training techniques. He obtained his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2004 where he also worked as an adjunct professor teaching courses in Strength and Conditioning. Dr. Wagner obtained his masters in Education and a B.S. in biology from Salisbury State University.
Elementary Specialist. Supervisor of Health & PE
Erik Myer is the 2018 NJAHPERD Elementary Health and Physical
Education TOY. He had an amazing journey while teaching at Warnsdorfer Elementary School for 24 years. He has the privilege to be part of the East Brunswick School District that encourages innovation and professional growth. Erik is passionate about helping both students and staff which extends beyond the PE world. He has been a strong proponent of incorporating technology in his classroom and has found ways to connect all areas of education into PE. He has connected with teachers all over the world to glean new material and expertise through social media.
Meditation, Mindfulness, & Breathing Expert
Trevor Bird is an Executive IFS Coach and Breathwork facilitator and founder of the Inner world breathwork community, he focuses on bringing balance to one's inner world. "Understanding our emotions and how we relate to others is the pillar of living a life of integrity"
JILL SLATER, RYT- 500
Health. Fitness. & Wellness Coach
Jill Slater is a Physical Education & Health Teacher for 20 years in Morris County, NJ. She serves as an adjunct professor and leader in the fitness industry. She actively creates innovative programs for fitness facilities, yoga studios, and schools across the country. Currently Yoga certified with over 500 hours. Expertise reside in mobility, breathing, and yoga training.
KEVIN WILSON, NASM CPT
S&C & Wellness Expert
Kevin Wilson is currently a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Riverview and Lakeview Elementary Schools in Denville, NJ. Kevin runs two enrichment programs at Lakeview Elementary which is an after school program for students two days a week. In fall 2022, he became the dryland coach for the Lakeland Hills YMCA swim team located in Mountain Lakes, NJ. He develops strength and conditioning programs for the YMCA swimmers to improve mobility and stability as well as strength and endurance to increase overall performance.
Kevin received a certification in personal training through NASM, in 2017, and started his personal training career at Equinox in Paramus, NJ. During his time at Equinox he received multiple certifications such as Kettlebell Athletics Levels I + II, Progressive Bodyweight Training, and TRX. In April 2019, Kevin pursued his own personal training business where he writes training programs, does small group training, and provides 1-1 virtual or in-person training. He trains his clients at two gyms located in Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood, NJ.
DR. JEFF COLBURN
Elementary & Teacher Educator Expert
Jeff taught elementary physical education in Massachusetts for 21 years. His teaching was recognized as innovative and exemplary due in part to his embracing of technology to enhance his teaching. Jeff founded a variety of physical activity and sport programs and websites including, Everyday PE, a physical education summer program for K-8 students in his community. He has coached boys’ and girls’ sports from high school down to tee ball.
Jeff’s Master’s degree from Lesley University was in Technology in Education and received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin with a research focus on the professional learning of physical education teachers. Jeff has embraced Andragogy and Lesson Study as vehicles for understanding and implementing authentic and meaningful professional development opportunities for professionals in our field.
Jeff is married and has 4 children. The oldest is currently pursuing a degree to teach physical education.
DR. STACI DREWSON
Researcher, Higher Education, Teacher Training Expert
Dr. Staci Drewson began her teaching and coaching career in her home state of California after earning her B.A. and initial teacher certification from Gonzaga University while competing as a NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball student-athlete. Staci’s passion for teaching through physical activity intensified throughout her 9 year career as an elementary school teacher and high school coach in California. Staci relocated to Springfield, MA to develop expertise in sport and exercise psychology while specializing in physical education pedagogy throughout her graduate studies at Springfield College. Staci became a faculty member at Monmouth University in the Health and Physical Education Department in the fall of 2014. Her research interests include promoting positive experiences for student-athletes, enhancing health and physical education teacher education, and increasing physical activity engagement for children.