• 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

    Welcome 2024 School Year

    Hello, my name is Dawn Turpin-Orgetas, one of the physical education teachers here at 

    Oak Grove Elementary School. This year I received the South Eastern Zone NYS AHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year 2023

    There is a traveling PE teacher named, Anne Seymour that will teach

    some classes on Days 1 and 4. I am looking forward to a great 2024 school year.
    This year I will be going into my 25th year teaching in this school district. I became a National Board Certified Teacher 2013
    and recertified in November 2023.  I will recertify again November 2028. 
    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 24 years I have been one of the physical education teacher here at Oak Grove.  During the 2005-2007 school 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 master’s 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: 2/2024