Getting to know Mr. Steiner
I have Honours degrees in Kinesiology and Education from the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University. I am a 2-time All-Canadian Track and Field athlete and a record holder at the University of Western Ontario.
I have competed at a high level in Hong Kong and in 2008 I won 2 gold medals at the China Masters’ Track and Field Championships and participated in the 2009 World Masters’ Track and Field Championships in Lahti, Finland. I have been actively involved in sports and coaching since I was a child and have a keen interest in seeing future generations gain a better understanding of the importance Physical Education and Health play in the overall well being of the individual. I am now in my 12th year of teaching at CDNIS and have taught full-time for the past 22 years (Canada, China, HK). I am also the father of 2 sons that currently attend CDNIS.
At the 2010 Athletic Banquet I was honoured to receive the “Athletes Choice Coach of the Year” award (and 2011 “Athlete’s Choice Junior Coach of the Year”). I enjoy encouraging and motivating our student athletes to achieve excellence in their personal lives and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to coach them.
As an educator, I like to refer to one of my favourite quotations when talking about students:
“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”-Baha’u’llah
I like to think that it is the educator’s duty (along with the parents) to help our students recognize the gems (talents) they have within them and to help them to polish these gems so they can shine their light on the world in a positive manner. I see all of the children and youth at CDNIS as the future leaders of mankind and want them to develop their strengths so that they can be of service and benefit to the world around them.
The goal of the PE programme is to help students to see physical activity as a part of a healthy, enjoyable and active lifestyle that have connections to other areas of the curriculum and allows them to carry this healthy lifestyle into their adult life. It is important to note that I am looking to see how much effort students put into their participation and their willingness to learn and acquire new skills. I like to remind students to work on improving their own ability rather than just focusing on what other people can do. Through a wide variety of physical activities students will have an opportunity to increase their confidence, fitness level, sportsmanship and cooperative skills. My hope is that all students will be able to make informed choices as to their personal well being, and the well being of others. Many of the skills and attitudes students learn are helpful to being a part of the Timberwolves Athletics programme, which has grown quite extensively over the past 7 years.
Hanging out with my sons in Geneva Switzerland.