• Physical Education

    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 been coaching high school boy’s basketball for 28 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.  After stepping down for two years, he's currently the Assistant Boys Varsity Basketball Coach and 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 14 years in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. She has coached Mesa Softball at the freshmen and J.V. levels for the past 2 years and has just recently taken a position as the freshmen girl basketball coach. 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



    Teacher, Rich Bancroft

    Teacher, Ernie Castellanos

Last Modified on February 27, 2017