Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Jason Izsa and I am currently a Physical Education teacher at Central Avenue School. I am in my 20th year here at CAS. I started out teaching at Madison High School and moved to CAS during my first year. I graduated from Montclair State University, in the fall of 1999, with a BS in Health and a BS in Physical Education. I completed my masters degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine, in the fall of 2016. I have been involved in coaching high school sports for 20 years. I have coached football, baseball, girls and boys basketball. Currently I am the defensive coordinator for the Whippan Park High School football team. I also coach freshman baseball at Madison High School.
I do not perceive Physical Education as an organized recess. My responsibility as a Physical Education teacher are, in my opinion, among the most important in the school. I firmly believe all of my students are special and posses a wide variety of talent and skills. It is my mission to expose my students to a wide variety of activities, as to encourage him, or her, to discover and enhance these skills. As a professional educator, I will present these activities in a positive and professional manner, as to maximize the self-esteem and the self-confidence of my students. As a result of physical education, my students will learn that physical fitness is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not only now, but for the rest of their lives.
Throughout the school year, I will treat my students with the utmost respect and courtesy. As a result I expect to be treated in the same manner. While I hold high expectations for my students, I do not expect each child to be the best, but I do expect them do their best.
Fitness is very important to me. I try to exercise at least five days a week. I like to weight train, bike, hike, and just started taking yoga. I really enjoy the outdoors. Fishing is another hobby that I enjoy but it seems that I do a lot of standing around and not catch much. On my down time I like to read and listen to music. I enjoy detective novels and biographies. My favorite types of music are country and classic rock
My wife Sandy and I live here in Madison with our dog Foster. We love the town and everything that it has to offer.
Favorite Short Story -
One morning, I went out for my daily sunrise walk on the beach. Off in the distance, I could see someone pick something up off the beach, wade a little ways into the ocean and then toss the object into the water.
Then, the person, who appeared to be a small boy, picked up another object and tossed it also into the sea. He continued to do this as I walked. As I approached, I saw that he was picking up starfish. I stopped and asked him why he was doing this. The boy explained that the starfish were stranded and that in another hour or two they would dry up and die. He was saving their lives.
The innocence of youth, I thought. I told him that there were thousands of starfish on the beach, and he couldn't possibly make a difference. The kid stopped and looked down, as if to study the water that washed over our bare feet. Then He walked over and picked up another starfish, waded into the sea and tossed it in.
"Sir," he said, pointing into the sea. "Yes," I answered. He continued, "It made a difference for that one."
In each and every one of us,
there is something very special.
We have all been gifted with the ability
to make a positive difference.
If we are fortunate enough
to fully accept and acknowledge that gift,
we gain the mana -- the power -- to shape the future.