Karol Tiemersma

Karol Tiemersma

AP Faculty, FIT Program Coordinator, Health and Physical Education

Office: KHS 4540M
Phone: (616) 331-8890
Email: tiemersk@gvsu.edu

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

B.S. Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Aquinas College
M.A. Organizational Communication, Western Michigan University

Courses Taught:
FIT 114 Fitness Walking
FIT 131 Basketball
FIT 139 Team Sports
FIT 144 Badminton
FIT 200/280 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
HPE 266 Move, Dance, Learn! PE and Dance for Elementary Education

Why I Became a Physical Educator:
I knew when I enrolled in college that I wanted to teach students because teachers had been some of the important people in life.  Physical Education became the content area to which I was drawn because I enjoyed being active and played sports.  I also saw that sports and physical activity were tools to connect with students to build relationships that help young people to challenge themselves and develop character traits that transferred to other areas of life. 

What I Love Most About Our Program:
I love the connection to the students.  Our program is large enough to offer a wide variety of learning experiences and yet small enough to give personal attention to individual development.  It is my greatest joy to watch students enter the program as “rookies” and watch them develop the skills of a quality educator from learning to think and plan like a teacher to implementing quality lessons.