Physical Education

  • Hi!  My name is Ryan Kavanaugh and I am excited to be the Physical Education teacher at Battle Creek Elementary.  I have been teaching in St. Paul Public Schools since 2000 and I am committed to getting your child hooked on physical fitness for the rest of their life!

    I graduated from the University of St. Thomas earning a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Elementary Education along with a certified coaching license.  I completed my Master's Degree at the University of Minnesota under the Applied Kinesiology program with an emphasis on Sports Management.  In my spare time, I love participating in a variety of sports, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with my wife and our two boys.

    My curriculum is directly linked to the district and national standards for Physical Education which you will find below.  Throughout the school year, children will be exposed to a wide variety of individual and team sports, lifetime physical activities, and cooperative games.  Physical Education is for everyone and the main focus for each lesson is for students to be successful in a safe and positive environment while having fun!

    Please feel free to email, call or stop by any time.  Thanks for your support!


    Standard 1: MOTOR SKILLS and MOVEMENT- Students demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

    Standard 2: MOVEMENT CONCEPTS- Students demonstrate an understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

    Standard 3: PARTICIPATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- Students participate regularly in physical activity.

    Standard 4: FITNESS and HEALTH- Students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

    Standard 5: PERSONAL and SOCIAL BEHAVIOR- Students exhibit safe, responsible behavior that respects self and others, while accepting diversity in physical activity settings.

    Standard 6: LIFETIME BEHAVIORS- Students understand the value of physical activity for the health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.