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Suzanne Cyrus, Physical Education

My name is Suzanne Cyrus and I currently teach Physical Education to all of the first and second graders in Bldg. D and to the Multi-age classes in Bldg. A.

I began my teaching career in 1985 as a classroom teacher. I’ve taught all grade levels from Developmental 1st through 5th grade. After 13 years in the classroom, I was promoted and became one of the PE teachers for Jenks West Elementary in September of 1999. I hold degrees in K-12 Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Arkansas and in Elementary Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. I did some graduate work in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Oklahoma. I began working on my National Board Certification in 2004 and achieved my certification in 2005.  

My husband, Mark Cyrus, and I started teaching at Jenks in August of 1990. I taught 4th grade at East Elementary for one year, then transferred to West Elementary where I taught 4th and 5th grades through mid-September of 1999. My husband was a Math teacher and a coach at Jenks High School until January of 2000, when he became an assistant principal there until 2008, when he became the Site Principal for the Jenks Freshman Academy. He retired from public education in July of 2014 after 34 years and is currently a Math teacher and coach at Holland Hall Prepatory School in Tulsa.

We have three children that were all “lifers” at Jenks. I’m so thankful they had the opportunity to attend a school that provided such wonderful teachers from elementary through high school. They are all grown and “off our payroll” – proof that Jenks Public Schools prepared them well!

My philosophy for elementary PE is to teach a sequential and developmentally appropriate curriculum based upon national, state, and local standards. I want my students to enjoy physical education and to learn something new each time they come. I want my students to see PE as an extension to the learning going on in their classroom and to help them be the best student they can be. 

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