Physical Education Requirements & Daily Activities
Meet the Physical Education Teachers
Coach Janice Balentine
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
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.