Biography – John L. Smith

John has taught physical education on every level, Pre- K through college and coached numerous sports for 40 years. A graduate of Montclair State University, he taught in the Ridgewood Public Schools (NJ) and Ho-Ho-Kus Public Schools (NJ) for 39 years and now works as a national educational consultant for Flaghouse. In 1988 he was awarded the NJAHPERD Outstanding Teacher Award and in 1989 he was honored with the NASPE/AAHPERD National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. He was the 2005 NFHS National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. The NJAHPERD recently honored John with their 2012 Honor Award. John has presented at over 400 events in 40 states including 15 National AAHPERD Conventions, state and local professional organizations and camps across the country. He is one of the most requested presenters across the nation. Since retiring in 2011, he has authored the 60 Second Countdown book on activities Minute to Win It style, and created the “Play Well With Others…Be Active Against Bullying!” national activity based bullying awareness program.