James Gattas STAFF DIRECTORY

 Physical Education; HealthDepartment

 Physical Education; HealthDepartment

 JamesGattas

Grade(s) Taught:
6th grade; 7th grade; 8th grade
Position:
TEACHER
 
   
720-561-3946
james.gattas@bvsd.org
 
 
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area when I was in 7th grade. Sports have always been a big part of my life. My brother, Bryon, played football at the University of Iowa, so my first two falls in high school were spent traveling around to the different stadiums in the Big Ten conference to watch him play. Unlike my brother, baseball was my sport of choice. After high school, I continued my education and baseball career by enrolling at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Managing my time was of the utmost importance as I juggled being a collegiate athlete and also a double major in Physical Education/Health and Education. I graduated in the spring of 2014 and did my student teaching at both a high school and an elementary school in Minnesota during the fall of that year. I obtained my Minnesota teaching license in January, and I got a job teaching 6th and 8th grade health for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year. In August I packed my bags and left Minnesota to move to Denver. After receiving my Colorado Teaching License with endorsements in PE and Health, I have been a substitute teacher and a coach of baseball at Centaurus High School. I’ve spent the last six years coaching baseball in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. When not teaching or coaching, I love to play golf, watch the Bears, Cubs, or Blackhawks, cook, or play cards. So far I am loving my time in Colorado (and not missing the Minnesota winters). I am looking forward to the opportunity to become a part of the Summit family.