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Mrs. BJ Byrd has taught in the classroom as well as middle and elementary school physical education. She has spent 12 of her 13 years of teaching in the San Ramon Valley. Mrs. BJ holds a multiple subjects credential with specialized authorizations in physical education and health. Beside her B.S. degree in Psychology in Human Development, she holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in sports psychology.

Mrs. BJ has been married for 7+ years and has a son who is in first grade at Rancho. In her free time, she plays with her son, loves to read and travel, and takes walks with her family and their adopted dog Lucky.  In addition, Mrs. BJ trains educators, counselors & parents in the Nurtured Heart Approach.

    Nurtured Heart Approach
    Nurtured Heart Approach

    BJ Byrd


    About the P.E. Program

    The aim of Rancho’s P.E. Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. This will be accomplished through activities that promote physical, mental, emotional and social well-being of every individual in the pursuit of lifelong health. Mrs. BJ provides direct instruction to Rancho’s 1st-5th grade students twice a week for 45 minutes. On Fridays she is joined by another credentialed teacher Mrs. Michelle Cabrita.

    Student Attire

    In an effort to provide the best opportunity for student's learning and success, parents need to make sure their children dress properly for P.E. class. Students should have:

    • Tennis shoes with laces tied and socks – no skateboarder shoes with loose laces allowed, no sandals
    • Comfortable clothes – if dresses are worn, please be sure shorts are worn underneath

    Student Injury/Illness
    Students need to bring a note from a parent/guardian if they are unable to participate in P.E. class. This note is only valid for two P.E. classes. If more time is needed to heal, a note from a doctor is required.

    It is our belief that while an injury/illness may prevent a child from doing ALL activities during P.E. class, there are many activities in which they can still participate. Thus, all notes to the P.E. Teacher should included:

    • Specific injury or illness
    • Specific activities child is not allowed to participate in
    • Parent signature and phone number

    You may send the note with your child or email it by 8am to Mrs. BJ at Kindergarten students should send a note or email their teacher.