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Mrs. Pelton

My name is Diane Pelton and I am your child's Physical Education teacher this year here at NExA. I am very excited to work with the entire school as we work towards a healthier community!

Here’s a little bit of information about me…  

I started teaching in 2001.  I have a B.A. in Psychology and returned to school to earn my K-8 Multiple Subject credential and my Physical Education credential shortly after that.  During the first 7 years of my teaching career, I served as a Special Education teacher, 4th grade teacher, a Reading and Math Interventionist, and an ELD teacher.  In 2008, I began  teaching K-5 Physical Education as well as coaching track & field and cross country and I’ve been doing it ever since!

I spent my first 20 years of teaching with the Weaver Union School District in Merced, CA.  I  moved to Kootenai County in 2021 and love the beauty of North Idaho.  I’m married to my husband, David and he’s a Land Surveyor.  I have three children (two daughters, Sidney and Taylor and one son, DJ).  I love to play softball, volleyball, pickleball, and I also enjoy doing many other activities with my family and friends in my spare time.  I have recently been enjoying hiking and paddleboarding with my family and taking my great dane, Bambi for walks.

As your NExA Physical Education teacher, I am excited to have the opportunity to equip students with knowledge, skills, and values along with enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Your child should expect a fun and very active year in P.E. as we introduce new and exciting skills and games as well as learn about health and the benefits of exercise.  I will also emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for others. I look forward to partnering with you in order to help your child enjoy movement and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle that can continue into adulthood.

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