COACH ROWE’S BIO
About Ms. Rowe
I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts. I excelled in the Boston Public School system from grade K-12. Having graduated from John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, I then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in African American Studies with a minor in Sociology from Northeastern University.
While at O’Bryant High School, I competed all four years in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. I received several Coaches and Championship Awards as I contributed my talent to O’Bryant’s 14 straight indoor titles and 15 straight outdoor titles. At Northeastern, I continued to compete and gain personal bests in primarily in sprinting events for all four years as a Division I athlete.
My typical day consists of working with all school aged children and youth. I currently work for Brookline’s Early Education Program as a Teacher’s Aide for children ages three to five. Meanwhile, I still enjoy working out well after my Track & Field career. I most certainly enjoy going out especially when making my routine trips to my home country of Barbados to visit many family and friends.
COACH ORTEGA’S BIO
About Mr. Ortega:
I am a product of the Boston Public School, graduated from the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary, Phyllis Wheatley Middle and Boston English High School.
I have been teaching Physical Education for 30 years here in Boston. I currently teach Physical Education at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science. Previously, I have had experiences teaching P.E. at the Martin L. King Jr. Middle School in Dorchester and Mary Curley School in Jamaica Plain where I also taught Health at this middle school. Teaching P.E. is something that I’ve always wanted to do. I am passionate about teaching the things that have really made a difference in my life like developing skills and fitness, learning how to maintain and improve health, and most importantly, trying to build good character traits.
I have always been a very active person. As a child, I enjoyed participating in team sports such as football and track and field but as I’ve grown older I now find myself enjoying lifetime activities like hiking, biking, swimming and running. I learned the value of physical fitness early on and have always sought out opportunities to be active. Physical activity can also be a great way to spend time with family, reduce stress, and build relationships with friends.
My education consists of a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College where I majored in Physical Education in 1987. I currently hold a Master degree in General Studies -1990 and second Master degree in School Administration – 2000 from Cambridge College.
“You and your opponent want the same thing.
The only thing that matters, is who works the hardest for it.”
“Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”
COACH LOSKA’S BIO
About Mr. Loska:
Ted Loska of Hennigan Elementary School continually strives to make a positive impact on students’ lives. His love of teaching and insistence that students commit themselves completely to the task at hand along with his unique awareness of the needs of students assure this outcome. Most of all, the belief he instills in each student that dedication and passion can shape a lifetime of accomplishments and service is life forming.
Ted has been an employee of the Boston Public Schools for 24 years. During that time he has served as a swim instructor, a swim coach, a track coach and provided synchronized swimming and violin lessons. He understands that a well-rounded student is created through multiple experiences and provides many options to make that happen.
Many of the opportunities he has initiated have come about as a result of his volunteering to teach or coach an activity such as a life guarding course that has resulted in providing employment opportunities for hundreds of Boston students. Other possibilities for experiencing new interests came about through Ted’s initiative to introduce synchronized swimming, a sport few if any students had ever heard of, and a morning violin class for interested students.
Ted has a genuine connection with the youth he teaches and coaches. Always able to reach beyond the life circumstances of his students, privileged or not, stable family setting or not, he provides a solid example for hard work, scholarship and determination to achieve. Over the years he has taught thousands of inner city children to swim and how to behave around water, be it ocean in the summer or dangerous frozen rivers or ponds in the winter. His comfort with the water and with children he serves makes even the most anxious students willing to overcome their fears while also recognizing their need for caution and smart behavior in certain situations.
Ted is acutely aware of the needs of many of his students and has initiated programs to provide for them. He solicits donations for swimwear and makes them available for those who would not have a bathing suit otherwise. By taking time to familiarize a student who may be cautiously interested in a program such as swimming or track, Ted provides a welcoming environment and carefully explains various aspects of the intended activity to help the youth enter into the activity with knowledge and confidence.
Successful teaching requires special skills ad commitment, whether in a classroom or at the athletic field. Ted instills recognition of the value of both athletics and education in out Boston students.
I’m very proud of ALL my athletes for best overall performance in the City! Girls 2nd place runner up and Boys 3rd place. They gave it their all- fought to the finish and their most highest potential! To my assistant coaches Troy and Brian, I couldn’t have accomplished my first season coaching without you. To the coach of all coaches Coach Ortega, your guidance and words of expertise went above and beyond to help me along the way. To my athletes, remember…
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
…and in my eyes ALl of you did just that. You performed so well this season with countless personal records and new school records (to be posted soon)! Great job from a proud coach!