Coleman Bixler, a first-grader at Northwood Elementary, has long looked up to his gym teacher, Mr. Keith Hatchett. Last week, he got the opportunity to shadow Mr. Hatchett and get a taste of what life as a school gym teacher is really like.Bixler was given the opportunity to be Mr. Hatchett for a day after his parents purchased the prize at the PTO Auction and Carnival last October. “He’s wanted to be a P.E. teacher for awhile,” Amy Bixler, Coleman’s mom, said. “He was with Mr. Hatchett at Stone Ridge and always wanted to be Mr. Hatchett.”Armed with a stopwatch, whistle and a University of Oklahoma outfit, Coleman looked the part. Throughout the day he was given the opportunity to assist Mr. Hatchett in leading P.E. classes and help conduct the day’s activities.“When the stations are over I blow the whistle,” Coleman said. “It’s fun because I get to see everyone play.”
Coleman says the job has been hard at times, but overall he has had fun. Spending the day in gym class is probably an ideal way to spend the school day for any first-grade boy, but Hatchett said Coleman has also had the opportunity to see how challenging the job can be.
“He is doing a great job, especially at blowing that whistle,” Hatchett said. “It can be a challenge to just continually lead the class and making sure there are no problems and everyone is having a good time.
“I think it’s very gratifying that I’m admired like this. To have children want to do what you do is a great feeling.”
Coleman says he still wants to be a gym teacher when he grows up and after today he will have a better understanding of what that will look like.