Ingrid Johnson

Ingrid Johnson

Twitter: @IJ_PEProf

Professor, Health and Physical Education

Office: KHS 4407
Phone: (616) 331-8873

Spring/Summer ’21 Office Hours: By appointment. Please contact CLAS advising with urgent issues at  or (616) 331-8585 or the Movement Science Office at or (616) 331-3515.

B.S. Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
M.S. Adapted Physical Education, University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of New Mexico

Scholarly and Research Interests::
Mentoring and the Student Teaching Experience, Physical Education Pedagogy and Technology Global Experiences in Physical Education, Outdoor and Adventure Educational Opportunities

Courses Taught:
HPE 195 Introduction to Health and Physical Education
HPE 207 Self-Health and Wellness
HPE 220 Teaching Net/Wall/Target Activities
HPE 230 Teaching Invasion Games
HPE 260 Teaching Outdoor Pursuits
HPE 307 Teaching Physical Education - Secondary
EDI 331 Teacher Assistant Seminar

Why I Became a Physical Educator:
Actually teaching found me! As a child I was always outside playing or participating in a variety of sports, so movement was something I enjoyed. While in college I explored a variety of majors and never "loved" any of the long term jobs that might come from those majors. I was teaching swimming lessons, water aerobics to seniors and life guarding to pay my way through college and I thought, hey I love this, I should be a teacher. That's how I became a PE teacher.

What I Love Most About Our Program:
I love that I am able to work with our HPE students in many classes, out in the field, at conferences and in our fun social events. I think we offer students a variety of opportunities to find their strengths and passion. Each year as groups of students graduate, I'm a little bit sad because I will miss seeing their faces everyday, but then I think about how I get to work with them as they go out and start their own HPE programs and I'm reminded all over again how much I love our GVSU HPE program!

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