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Thank You!

This blog post is so ridiculously overdue that I was almost too embarrassed to write it.

There are a lot of things I have been meaning to share with you for some time now, but somehow Life kept getting in the way. That being said, after a few days of focused work, I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write this.

The last few months of my life have been pretty exceptional (that’s a gross understatement, they’ve been amazing). I feel like every day has been bringing something new and exciting, and I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities that have presented themselves to me. However, I know that many (if not all) of these opportunities would not have been possible without your incredible support.

This post is a Thank You note to everyone within the #PhysEd community.

Shorty Awards

I cannot express how incredibly grateful I am for all of your support in helping me reach the finalist round in the Education category at this year’s Shorty Awards. The nominations were extremely unexpected yet also extremely appreciated. Getting to be the only (and I think first) physical education teacher to be nominated for a Social Media award is an incredible feeling, and I really want to use this opportunity to help get the word out about our little community.

A very special thank you goes out to Ash Casey for having got the nomination ball rolling, to Blue Jay Bridge for having retweeted pretty much every nomination tweet that was sent out, and to Reema Kahar for getting her PE team out in India to vote for me.

Sadly, for all kinds of reasons, I won’t be able to attend the Shorty Awards ceremony in New York City on April 7th. However, I am planning some kind of social media event that night, so stay tuned!

Team #PhysEd Campaign

Around the same time as the Shorty Awards nomination madness, I also launched a new Teespring campaign for Team #PhysEd long sleeved shirts and hoodies. The original goal of 50 pre-orders was absolutely crushed, with the campaign ending with a total of 82 orders.

These Teespring campaigns are a great way to get some new gear to help promote our community, and they also help support the work Mike and I get done here at ThePhysicalEducator.com. Without your support and understanding, the campaign wouldn’t have been successful. Thank you so much for wanting to support the site.

On the topic of Teespring, some of you may have received the wrong colour shirt (I know I did). After talking with the Teespring team, they informed me that there was an error in their databases that was the cause of the shirts arriving in the wrong colour. Teespring being the awesome company that they are have decided to fix the problem in the best way possible: by reprinting the entire campaign and shipping you your shirts in the right colour. If you received the wrong colour long-sleeved shirt, you should be receiving a new one within two weeks time. As for the one you received in the wrong colour, Teespring is letting you keep it (no need to send it back)!

I’m really sorry if any of you had problems with your shirts, but I’m also really grateful that Teespring was willing to do the right thing, no questions asked.

Twitter: 10 000 Strong

At some point in February, ThePhysicalEducator.com passed 10 000 followers on Twitter. When you take a second to think about it, that’s absolutely insane. Thank you so much to everyone who reads our tweets, who has shared our work with others, and who helps spread the word about #pechat.

As I mentioned earlier this year, I really want to start focusing on achieving great things as a community. We have the numbers, now it’s time to do something amazing with that.

I also want to say a huge thank you to the very dedicated individuals who moderate #pechat. Without them, the chat wouldn’t be what it is. I’m so grateful these people have stepped up, and I think they deserve all of the recognition we can give them.

Our regular moderators include Kelly Ann Parry, Nathan Horne, Ash Casey, and Adam Howell. We also have a few people who have stepped in as replacement moderators in the past, so I’d like to say thank you to Vicky Goodyear, Andy Vasily, Ross Halliday, Ashlea Mills, and Amanda Stanec (if I’m forgetting anyone, please let me know!) Be sure to give these amazing educators a follow on Twitter (here’s a list to help you do so!)

In Conclusion…

Again, thank you all so much for your support over these past few years. I am a part-time physical education teacher (still waiting on a 100% contract), and getting to build ThePhysicalEducator.com has helped me stay passionate in everything I do. Without you, I really don’t think I’d still be doing this.

Thank you and happy teaching!

Joey Feith is a physical education teacher from Canada and the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. Be sure to never miss out on any of ThePhysicalEducator.com’s future posts by connecting with us via RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Email.

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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