• Mrs. Dawn Turpin-Orgetas, National Board Certified Physical Education Teacher

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    Grade/Subject: K-6th Elementary Physical Education
    Email: dawn.turpin@wcsdny.org
    Oak Grove Phone: 845-298-5280  ext. 51258

    About The Teacher

    Hello, my name is Dawn Turpin-Orgetas, one of the physical education teacher here at 
    Oak Grove Elementary School. There is a traveling PE teacher named, Rich Smith. 
    I am looking forward to a great 2019-20 school year. 
    This year I will be going into my 20th year teaching in this school district. I 
    became a National Board Certified Teacher 2013.  My first year in the district I 
    taught health at Roy C. Ketcham High School. I was also an assistant track coach, 
    SADD Advisor, health tutor, and a chaperone for the school.  My second year in the district, 
    I taught elementary physical education and adaptive physical education at Gayhead 
    Elementary School and Oak Grove Elementary School. My third year, I taught elementary
    physical education and adaptive physical education at Gayhead, Myers, and Oak Grove.
    The last 16 years I have been the physical education teacher here at Oak Grove.  
    During the 2005-2007 year I was the Head Gymnastics Coach for Roy C. Ketcham High 
    School and received the Poughkeepsie Journal's Gymnastics Coach-of-the-Year and 
    Section 1 Coach of the Year.
    I help run the Town of Wappingers Gymnastics program at Oak Grove on Saturdays in March, April and first of May.  
    I became an online fitness coach in 2012 with Beachbody.com  

    I grew up in Radford, Virginia (southwest portion of the state),and received my bachelors
    and masters degree in physical and health education at Radford University.  
    I have been involved in athletics my whole life, particularly gymnastics which helped
    me receive a scholarship in my hometown. 

    Mission For The Class

    I strive at giving positive encouragement to assist students in attaining their goals. 
    I want to make a difference in the lives of our children. I really look forward to 
    teaching physical education every day. I am thrilled to be the physical education teacher 
    here at Oak Grove.  The students I have at Oak Grove always brings a smile to my face everyday.
    I love seeing the children have fun while learning the fundamentals of life.
    updated: 8/2019