Name: Esteban Valencia
Hometown: Savannah, Ga.
Degree: BSEd in Health and Physical Education
Graduation Date: May 2016
Savannah-born Esteban Valencia will cross the Savannah Civic Center’s stage to receive a hard-earned BSEd in Health and Physical Education on May 7. As luck would have it, he was able to achieve his lifelong goal in his own backyard.
“I was interested in choosing a reputable university that was close to home,” says Esteban. “My experience at Armstrong has been a positive one. A lot of it was due to the professors and how much they actually cared for their students and their education.”
During his time at Armstrong, Esteban gained the knowledge and skills required to evaluate, plan and provide health and physical programs to diverse age and ability levels for long-term healthy living. He credits Armstrong faculty members for ongoing commitment to student success.
“My professors helped me by giving me all of the tools that I needed to succeed,” he notes. “They were always there to answer any questions I had and supported me. They consistently gave me feedback on my work to further improve myself.”
A member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Esteban enjoyed invaluable hands-on training outside the classroom.
He acted as a station leader for Richmond Hill Fitness Days, a two-day event held on Armstrong’s campus, which attracts hundreds of students to learn about the importance of physical fitness and to enjoy cardio, flexibility, strength, endurance and other activities.
With future plans to secure a job in the physical education field, Esteban is fully prepared, after serving as an intern at several area schools.
“I put in to play all of the theories, principles and strategies that I learned in class,” he notes. “Through field experience, I’ve been able to develop my pedagogy and teaching philosophies.”