Susan Oczkowski

Lower & Middle School P.E.; P.E. Curriculum Leader

B.S., Quincy College


What is the most important lesson you want students to learn in your class?

Acting with integrity. This starts with the youngest student and grows as they grow. I want students to choose to do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

I would hope that they would remember that I was fair and consistent. I also hope they realize that the body they have is the only one they’ll have for life, and they need to take care of it. It’s never too early to start.

What traits do you look for in your ‘ideal’ student?

I look for a student to have a desire to improve, to lead by example, to be fair and compassionate with others, and to enjoy their time in physical education.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I absolutely cherish the moments when a child says “Coach, Coach, look! I got it! I can do this!” The look of sheer pride and joy on their face makes it all worthwhile. It’s also a great day when kids say, “Oh, is class over already?” or “Can we do this again tomorrow?”

What are some of your interests and hobbies?

Some of my interests and hobbies relate to my teaching field, but some do not. I am an avid reader, with a great interest in being entertained and being held in suspense while I read. I love police and medical thrillers. I also love to golf, bike ride, and tend to my summer flowers.