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Phone: 970-348-2358


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Chris Zacharko

Grades: K-5


My name is Chris Zacharko, but I go by Mr. Z. I teach Physical Education here at Shawsheen Elementary. I am very excited to get started on another great year and teach my passion of physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle! This will be my tenth year as a Shawsheen Sparrowhawk, but have been part of our school for 13 years. I am very lucky and fortunate to teach and meet every student grades K-5th grade. 


I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Science with a K-12 Physical Education emphasis. I consider Greeley my home and have lived here for 17 years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy working out, running, golfing, fishing, hanging out with friends and family, and coaching football (Go Wildcats). 


In the gym, the students are moving non-stop as soon as they walk in! I do this by using a skill theme approach which focuses on many different skills and locomotor movements. We also learn about personal and social well-being that focuses on sportsmanship, leadership, nutrition, teamwork and interacting with peers. By practicing these in P.E., it allows students to work in small groups and solve problems together as a team. 


Parents are always welcome to stop by and join us, just don't forget your tennis shoes!!!