Mike Golden, a physical education teacher at Oklahoma Road Middle School, has been recognized as the 2015 Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Golden plans and implements a physical education program that provides students with skill development, knowledge, and confidence to participate actively. He uses a variety of instructional strategies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. In addition, Golden serves as a positive role model of personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, and sensitivity to the physical and emotional needs of all students. He also participates in professional development activities at the county and state levels.
Golden coordinates morning extracurricular activities for all students at Oklahoma Road Middle School. The students arrive at school to participate in activities from 6:45 to 7:55 a.m. twice a week for eight weeks. An average of 90 eighth grade students play flag football, and approximately 75 students play basketball. Sixth graders participate in indoor soccer with an average of 55 students. Approximately 120 students participate in the last morning club, which is seventh and eighth grade handball.
In addition, Oklahoma Road Middle School offers wrestling for both boys and girls, with an average of over 300 girls participating in the unit. Golden also strives to teach students new activities each year. Archery instruction has been added to this year’s curriculum for all students.