Hi! My name is David Grabowski and I love being a physical education teacher and coach. This is my 31st year teaching and coaching in the Clarence Central School District, and 35th overall. I also coach men's volleyball and run after-school games and volleyball programs. In the summer, I coach with Power Station volleyball camps. Over the course of my career, I have been fortunate to have:
- Been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi - National Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education.
- Been named the Anthony P. Tesori - Outstanding Student Teacher of my graduating class at S.U.N.Y.@Cortland.
- Taught and edited draft lessons for the South Carolina State Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines.
- Taught physical education lessons for SCETV - South Carolina's public broadcasting network.
- Published original games and lessons in Art Kamiya's Great Activities Magazine.
- Represented the United States as a Delegate to the XI International Olympic Academy in Taipei, R.O.C.
- Been named Teacher of the Year at North Myrtle Beach Elementary School.
- Published refereed article of original research: The Use of CAI (Computer-Assisted Instruction) in Motor Skill Development - Journal of Computing in Small Colleges.
- Conducted curriculum workshops at State, Regional, and National AAHPERD conferences, and at the Pueblo of Sandia, Albuquerque, NM.
- Served on the Western Zone Board of Directors for the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD).
- Received the Amazing Person award from NYSAHPERD.
- Been named Section VI Mens' JV Volleyball Coach of the Year 7 times.
- Traveled to Tianjin, China with Principal Joel Weiss and Clarence teachers to visit home schools of Chinese teachers hosted by Clarence Central Schools.
- Been one of 15 teachers and administrators nationwide to present at the 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Here are some things you might wish to know about me. I grew up in Western New York, and was one of five children and 12 foster children. We usually had two or three foster children living with us at a time. In elementary school I was struggling a bit. Then, in sixth grade I got glasses. I'll always remember walking home that sunny October afternoon, amazed at what I was able to see for the first time!
I attended SUNY@Cortland, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelors Degree in Education. I majored in Physical Education with minors in Athletic Training and Corporate Fitness. During my last semester, I was asked to be an undergraduate teacher assistant with my exercise physiology professor, Dr. Florence Brush. I earned Masters Degrees from Canisius College in Physical Education and Educational Administration.
Although I have three college degrees, I still love to learn. I taught myself how to ride a unicycle and juggle. Over the years, cooking has become a passion. My recipes for chicken soup and homemade kluski (noodles) were published in the February/2011 issue of the Buffalo Magazine. I'm a founding member of the Charcuterie Club of Buffalo. The favorite thing I've learned to do is to get fresh pork belly, cure it, smoke it, and cook with it! Chopped is my favorite cooking show; it would be fun to be on it and compete against other home cooks. In the summer, I grow vegetables and herbs in a small garden. I exercise every day, and study Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I also volunteer at a half-way house in Buffalo. When I can find the time, I like to play tennis, go on bike rides, and hike in the woods and take pictures.