SPARK Principals

paul-rosengard-and-scoutMR. PAUL ROSENGARD: Is the Executive Director of the SPARK Programs of San Diego State University (disseminated via School Specialty) and he instructed future teachers at the University of California, at San Diego for 11 years, and Cal State San Marcos for 4.  Paul is known for his extensive work as a content author, teacher trainer, and physical activity leader, having contributed as an intervention director and consultant for many benchmark national studies/projects including SPARK, TAAG, M-SPAN, Pathways, PEACH, OPprA, OPI, POPI, HELM, Beyond the Borders, and the Nike2GO and Let Me Play campaigns (which he authored for NIKE).  These studies focused in the fields of physical education, after school programs, early childhood, and coordinated school health.

Paul is internationally known for his creative writing and innovative pedagogical methods, which have been proven effective in improving physical activity programs, teacher effectiveness, and student outcomes.  To date, he has over 25 publications in professional journals, has authored or co-authored 16 curriculum books for teachers (including many of the popular SPARK programs), and conducted nearly 400 professional workshops and conference presentations worldwide, many as a featured or keynote speaker.  Paul Rosengard was appointed the first Deputy Director of the CA Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1996) and served as a key member of the education committee for many years.  He was selected as one of 20 Special Advisors to the Governor’s Council in the last Schwarzenegger administration.  He has personally written and received awards/projects totaling over $12 million dollars and currently serves on three executive boards.  He is especially proud of his 12-year career as a physical educator, athletic director, department head, and sports coach (football, basketball among others), his years as a Recreation Leader with Chula Vista Parks and Recreation department in his hometown of Chula Vista, CA., and being a 20-20 person – 20+ years married to Wendy and 20+ years married to SPARK.


dr-mckenzieDR. THOM MCKENZIE: Is Professor Emeritus in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University and former Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego. A native of Canada, he is a former public school teacher, coach, and administrator. He has authored or co-authored nearly 200 papers and book chapters and presented over 400 papers at professional conferences. He is a Fellow of four professional organizations, including the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals (NAS). He has received many awards, including the AIESEP International Olympic Committee President's Prize for research and program development, the NASPE Hall of Fame Award, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently serves as an educational and research consultant on nationally funded projects.


jim-sallisDR. JAMES SALLIS: Is Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He has made contributions in the areas of measurement, correlates of physical activity, intervention, and advocacy.  His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.  He is an author of over 450 scientific publications, co-author of several books, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences.  Dr. Sallis has received awards from the American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology.  His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce childhood obesity.  He is a frequent consultant to universities, health organizations, and corporations worldwide.  Dr Sallis frequently appears in major media outlets, and Time Magazine identified him as an “obesity warrior”.


Pictured Above: Dr. Sallis spends the day advising former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on childhood obesity issues...

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