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Coach Cruz

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Coach Cruz is a native of Austin, TX who was stationed in The Marine Corps in Yuma, AZ. He attended Texas State University studying Exercise & Sports Science with a minor in History. Coach Cruz is super excited to start his teaching career here at Mills Elementary. He has a daughter named Emma (5) and a dog named Nova. In his spare time he enjoys bowling, spending time outdoors, football and eating eating pizza.


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Coach Smith

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Coach Smith grew up in Austin, TX and comes to us from Lockhart ISD. She attended Texas State and studied Exercise & Sports Science and minored in History. Coach Smith grew up playing basketball, track and cross country. She enjoys hiking, workout out and passionate about health and wellness.



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Physical Education Philosophy


The Physical Education Department at Mills Elementary believes students come first. Safety is our number one priority. Our program is student centered and promotes the opportunity for a positive learning environment as well as experience the benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle. The goal is to educate, encourage and help students to improve their physical fitness. It is an inclusive course where all participants are welcome, encouraged and feel safe. All are welcome and we adapt to all skill levels and accommodations.

The Physical Education Department will promote goal-setting, teamwork, respect, and responsibility. Our coaches are here to provide motivation for students to accomplish goals, work well with their peers, respect themselves, and take on responsibility. Students will gain valuable personal and social skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. We teach basic movement patterns to help students build a solid base which allows for safe participation in lifelong physical activity.

The Physical Education Department will facilitate the curriculum through effective teaching strategies, engaging lessons and effective evaluation. Lastly, we strive to make physical education fun and exciting for our lifelong active learners!


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Clothing, Shoes & Participation

Please dress your Mountain Lion in comfortable clothing that will allow them to shake, rattle, and roll. Tennis shoes would be best, and please avoid wearing flip-flops, boots, crocs or dress shoes. If your child cannot participate in PE class, please provide a note to your teacher who will then inform the coaching staff. If your child has any special health concerns, please email us directly.