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Meadowview Elementary School phy ed teacher Joe McCarthy spends a lot of time thinking of new ways to get kids active.

Farmington teacher promotes active lifestyles

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Meadowview Elementary School teacher Joe McCarthy became a phy ed teacher because he liked exercise. He liked movement. He liked activity. He thought he could help kids become more active.


McCarthy's been teaching physical education at Meadowview since 2004. Before that, he taught P.E. and health in Minneapolis. In recent years, he's come to understand the impact exercise has on student's brain development, which makes him even more passionate about what he does.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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