Ms. Perazzolo has been teaching P.E. at St. Barnabas since 1991. She holds a B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University and has taken several additional courses in Physical Education from Fresno Pacific University. She is endorsed in Physical Education & Outdoor Education and Recreation. She has earned the Jump Rope for Heart Teacher of the Year Award as well as the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Quarter Century Award.
She was drawn to athletics from an early age. “When I was young, I was very small for my age. When we played a game or sport, everyone thought I was too small to play. My friends wanted to pick me up and carry me around; I wanted to play. So I decided to do my best at sports. I even played tackle football with the boys. I loved sports and never wanted to see any other children not experience the fun I had when I was running and playing with my classmates.”
Prior to working at St. Barnabas, Ms. Perazzolo worked for five years as a program director. She taught outdoor education to school groups, provided activities for weekend events and was the assistant director of summer resident camp programs. For over 32 years, she has taught and developed several elementary school Physical Education programs, including her time with us.
Her goal as a teacher is to provide a Physical Education program that develops a wide range of learning experiences in which all children can be active, feel successful and have fun. She also aims to develop good sportsmanship and an appreciation for physical fitness including healthy lifestyle choices.
In her spare time, Ms. Perazzolo is a member of an adult synchronized ice skating team. She loves gardening and the outdoors. She is also currently taking classes to train her Siberian Husky to become a service dog.