Ms. Melissa Benvenuta
Welcome! I've been a Health and Physical Education teacher at Rosa Parks Community School since February, 2017. This upcoming year will be my second year as Central Elementary School's Health & Physical Education teacher. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from Montclair State University, and I'm currently in the process of obtaining my master's degree there as well. I am and always have been extremely passionate about physical education and health, from playing and learning new sports to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I am a huge believer in the power of teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship, as well as the extreme benefits that are directly related. The overwhelming advantages of physical activity and overall health and wellness not only help to improve physical abilities and skills, but also contribute greatly to self-confidence, social skills, and overall happiness. I have played basketball, soccer and softball throughout my athletic career. I continue to participate in adult co-ed sports leagues year-round. General George S. Patton said, "An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body." It is my hope to inspire and help foster active minds for all of my students by making physical fitness and health a F U N, lifelong habit that will continue to help them reach their full potential as individuals.