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T. Velazquez

Velazquez TeacherHello Centerville Families - Welcome

Email Address:
Phone number:(510)797-2072 ext.68272

Best time to call: anytime or just leave a message ( I am really good with emails)

I have been teaching at Centerville Junior High School for the past 20 years.  I teach 8th grade Physical Education and LOVE what I do!  I am also the Track and Field Coach for the Intramural program after school and participate in a handful of committees on campus.  


Over the years I have become very aware of the impact teachers can have on the lives of their students.  As students enter school, they are turned over to the care of their teachers for nearly seven hours a day.  I have always been a huge supporter of frequent home-school communication.  With technology advancements in our district I am an avid user of School Loop.  I work hard to keep School Loop updated with grades, assignments, emails, dates, etc… Please make sure that you register for this great tool in assisting your student thru the school year. 


With the implementation of our new school schedule geared to give extra tutelage to students needing help in classes, I anticipate more involvement from the students toward their success as a student this year. 


Also, in the last several years, the adoption of Common Core Standards has brought a huge paradigm shift in education.  Teachers are asked to get their students to think in different ways and to demonstrate a deeper level of understanding (critical thinking).  With common core standards (CCS) being implemented into the physical education standards you will find your students use of instructional strategies throughout the school year. 


As children grow older and enter their adolescent years, healthy physical activity becomes integral to their self-concept and their ability to take on new intellectual, social, and emotional challenges.  Regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, native language, race, or religion, the children must be given opportunities not only to succeed in physical education but to develop a lifelong commitment to the health benefits of physical activity.  

I take a lot of pride in my job to help improve the fitness levels of your student and to teach them not just the Physical component of Physical Education, but the Education component as well.  "The most important aspect of physical education is the direct bearing it has on youth's physical, mental, and social well-being.  The youth who is well educated physically is likely to become a healthy adult who is motivated to remain healthy."