Teaching in El Centro schools since 1977, Bock took a sabbatical from Wilson from 2000-2001 in order to pursue graduate studies in developmental/adapted physical education at Minnesota State University. She is in the process of obtaining her California credential in adapted physical education.
Bock explained that adapted physical education encompasses students with disabilities that might typically range from severe asthma to cardiac problems to being wheelchair-bound — problems that restrict the students from joining in with regular physical education sessions at school.
Originally from Minnesota, Bock says her passion for working with children with disabilities stems from the her nephew, who was born with a serious condition akin to spina bifida.
Her experience working with physically challenged children has been her inspiration, Bock said.
"One of the teachers I worked with in Minnesota during my internship there … there was a student, an eighth-grader who was not expected to walk … this teacher got him walking, got him going up steps, riding a bicycle."
When asked what life would have been like for the student if he had not been part of an adaptive physical education program, Bock said "He would have been in a wheelchair — just sitting."
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