Physical Education Curriculum
The MMHS Physical Education Department offers a wide range of activity based classes that follow the guidelines set forth by the California Physical Education Framework and State Content Standards. The focus of our program which is incorporated into each course is to teach fitness principles that enable a student to develop a lifetime interest in exercise. We believe that fitness is essential to maintaining good health throughout life and is built through regular participation in aerobic and anaerobic exercise. We emphasize lifetime interpersonal skills such as respect, encouragement, and courtesy through teambuilding, cooperative and performance based activities.
Murrieta Valley Unified School District graduation requirements include two years of Physical Education with one of those years being 9th grade. After the successful completion of P.E. 9 students may choose from the many courses offered within the Physical Education department.
Department Chair, Russell Ham
Russell Ham grew up in Brea, CA. graduating from Brea-Olinda High School in 1988. He continued his education at Whittier College receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology. He then went on to receive his Master of Arts degree in Education with emphasis in Middle Grades from California State University of San Bernardino.
Russell taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Physical Education at Washington Middle School in La Habra, Ca. for four years and has taught six years at Thompson Middle School, here in Murrieta. He also has coached high school boy’s basketball for 30 years; 15 years at Brea-Olinda High School, three years at Murrieta Valley High School, and two years as Assistant Varsity Head Coach at Vista Murrieta High School. Russell opened the school in 2009 and was the Head Boys Basketball Coach for the first four years. He's currently the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach.
Teacher, Christina Anderson-Huber
Christina Anderson grew up in San Diego, CA. Graduating from Mount Miguel High School in 1989. She continued with her education at Grossmont Jr. College before earning a softball scholarship to attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. She returned to San Diego where she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at San Diego State University then went on to obtain a School Counseling Certificate from U.C.S.D, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, and finally a Single Subject Supplemental Degree in Physical Education. Christina has taught for 20 years in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. She has coached Mesa Softball, Girl's Basketball, and Girl's Lacrosse. She is excited to be a part of Murrieta Mesa’s P.E. teaching staff and is looking forward to many successful years here at Mesa.
Teacher, Penny Chidester
Penny Chidester grew up in Magna UT. graduating from Cyprus High School in 1981. She continued her education at the University of Utah then moved to Northern California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at Cal State Hayward. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Arts Integration from Lesley University.
Mrs. Chidester taught 7th, and 8th grade Physical Education at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont, CA. for 12 years and taught Physical Education for 10 years at Thompson Middle School, here in Murrieta. She is the director of the dance program and coaches the dance team at MMHS since the school opened.
Teacher, Ryan Ridley
Ryan Ridley grew up in Murrieta, CA., graduating from Murrieta Valley High School in 2000. From 2013-2015 he attended Cal State San Marcos and received his B.S. in Kinesiology. He then attended Azusa Pacific University and completed a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in 2016, and then in 2017 finished a Master’s Degree in Physical Education.
Mr. Ridley began his teaching career in the Oceanside School District at El Camino High School, teaching from 2016-2018. This is his second year at Murrieta Mesa, teaching PE9 and Intro to Sports Medicine. Before becoming a teacher, he coached baseball for Murrieta Mesa from 2011-2015, and is now entering his 7th year as a high school baseball coach. He also has 3 years’ experience coaching high school football. He is currently the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach and Interim Girls Golf Coach at Murrieta Mesa.
Teacher, Doug Ravasdy