Backstory Article from Darlington & Stockton Times
I am a British Adapted P.E. Teacher in Northern Virginia, I love my job and like to learn and share ideas. Tweet @ me
Digit the APE is based on a stuffed toy I received as a gift from my grandparents after they returned from Africa, my son has now inherited the toy (my wife is creeped out by him). I also like it as I look a little bit like a gorilla! Originally from England, I have been working in education and with children with special needs since I first came over to the states in 2011 in a variety of roles from adventure sports instructor, paraprofessional, substitute teacher, special education teacher, PE teacher, and now Adapted PE teacher. I absolutely love my job and the kids I work with.
I am interested in building consistent routines utilizing video models for students with autism, creating seated content for students in wheelchairs, creating video workouts to keep my own children and others active which I post on my YouTube Channel and website. I am also interested in adapted equipment including building my own. I love to collaborate with other teachers, and have worked with teachers across the country and beyond. I have presented at many national and international conferences too. I hope other teachers can find it useful as I love to do it and hope to continue with my work. I spend a lot of my own money on adapted equipment and materials, subscriptions and software to make videos, as well as countless hours trying to build resources, if you would like to help out you can donate either a one off payment or donate monthly via Patreon on my Linktree site, or not, I make everything to be used free of charge for anyone who might want to us them. Check out my linktree to view some of my work: