About J.D. Hughes
Author of No Standing Around in My Gym: Creative Lesson Plans, Games, and Teaching Tips for Elementary Physical Education (2002), PE2theMax: Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun (2005), PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education (2008), The Best of No Standing Around in My Gym, PE2theMax Volumes 1 & 2 DVD’s (2009), PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun (2011) and The Best of PE² and HyPEd Up Volumes 3 & 4 DVD’s (2013). HyPEd Up: Taking Physical Education Games to the Next Level (2017), HyPEd Up II: Physical Education Games to the Max (2019).
Ed.S, National Board Certified, and 2005 and 2015 GA Elementary PE Teacher of the Year and SHAPE Southern District Elementary PE Teacher of the Year
J.D. Hughes has taught elementary physical education since 1995 in Douglasville, GA. He currently teaches at Mirror Lake Elementary School. J.D. has received numerous awards including 2015 Georgia and Southern District SHAPE America Elementary PE Teacher of the Year, Kennesaw State’s Outstanding Student, State University of West Georgia’s Specialist Student Award and Outstanding Cooperating Teacher, Bright Star and Mirror Lake Elementary Teacher of the Year, along with the GAHPERD Acknowledgement Award and Share the Wealth Puckett-Merriman Award.
J.D. provides a challenging yet developmentally appropriate physical education learning environment striving for motor skill and social skills development, physical fitness and cognitive awareness as recognized by SHAPE standards. He works with students and families to promote physical fitness before and after school hours through F.I.T.T. Club and Roadrunner’s Club. He also serves as a cooperating teacher and mentor for local colleges. He is a National Board Certified Teacher (2001), holds a Master’s and Education Specialist’s degree. J.D. is passionate, constantly striving to look for new ways to improve his teaching, to share his practice, and strengthen the teaching profession. J.D. has served on the GAHPERD board and currently serves on the advisory board for the Best Practices and the 3-5 Lesson Plans area of P.E. Central.
J.D. has published five books and produced four related DVDs including No Standing Around in My Gym, PE2theMax, PE2theMax II, PE² and HyPEd Up. He has been the featured presenter and co-presenter at more than 140 local, state, and national workshops and conventions sharing his ideas and enthusiasm for teaching with thousands of physical educators.