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Physical Education Requirements & Daily Activities

We, the Physical Education Teachers at Freeport Middle School, want to develop the whole child academically as well as physically.  With this in mind, our Physical Education classes promote physical fitness in students and help them understand rues and strategies.  We coach them to work as a team while being active and having fun. 
Reasearch has proven that with Physical Education, students: 
Receive higher grades
Acquire enhanced social skills
Adopt lifelong fitness habits
Benefit from increased self-esteem
"So, come join us in GET YOURSELF MOVING!"

Meet the Physical Education Teachers

Coach Janice Balentine

Email: [email protected]

Text: @balentine and/or @freeportpe to 81010.

Ms. Balentine graduated from the University of West Florida and has been a teacher for more than fourteen years. She enjoys watching sports, especially the Florida Gators, Miami Dolphins, and New York Yankees. Her love of sports has led her to keep the score books for many years. Ms. Balentine also enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.

Ms. Jackie Benner

Coach Jared Smallwood

Coach Steve Wassman

Email: [email protected]

Remind: Text @freeportpe to 81010.

Coach Wassman was born in Theodore, Alabama. While on the baseball team at the University of South Alabama, Coach Wassman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Coach also received his Master's in Educational Leadership from The University of West Florida. Coach Wassman credits Coach Steve Kittrell at South Alabama for giving him the desire to become a coach and teacher. Coach and his wife Jaime have three children Griffin, Graison, and Abigail.

Honorary Coach, Coach Tina Knight

Coach Knight was born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  She is a graduate of Freeport High School.  Coach Knight earned her Master of Science degree in Health, Leisure, and Sports/Physical Education at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  She received her teaching certificate in Florida.  Having taught PE at all grade levels (K-12), Coach Knight found her home at the middle school level.  She feels it is a compliment to any community when “your own” comes back to teach future generations! Coach Knight passed away in 2016 after battling cancer. Coach Knight will always be a part of the FMS family.