My name is Nicolas Lepine, and I have been involved with Montessori my whole life from student to teacher. My educational background combined with my interests has given me a unique insight for creating fun and engaging Montessori PE lessons.
Attended Rogers Park Montessori (Chicago) for kindergarten
In grade school and high school played: basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, track and field, soccer, swimming, tae kwon do, fencing, and gymnastics
Competitive powerlifter for the past 15 years
B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign
Personal Trainer for four years with the Campus Recreation Department
Helped publish research on arterial stiffness and exercise
Led group strength and conditioning classes for elderly subjects for research on the effects of exercise mental cognition and memory
M.A.Ed. and AMS certificate 6-12 from St. Catherine's University
Action research was on the effects of integrating PE with the classroom curriculum
Co-Head teacher in a Montessori 9-12 classroom for five years (nine total years of classroom experience)
Currently Athletic Director and PE instructor (two years experience)
Currently coaching basketball (8 years), volleyball (three years), cross country (one year), and track and field (two years)
Presented at the 2017 and 2019 AIMS (Association of Illinois Montessori Schools) conferences as well as the 2018 WMA conference (Wisconsin Montessori Association)
In the summer of 2019, taught the full Montessori Physical Education curriculum at the Montessori inštitut, located in Slovenia.