Paige Metz received her BS in Physical Education from Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo. After graduation, she spent 10 years
teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Exercise and Nutritional Science (ENS) at Twin Peaks Middle School
(2001 California Middle School Physical Education Program of the
Year). During this time, Paige was one of the first physical
educators in the country to earn recognition as a Nationally Board
Certified Teacher and was named the 2003 California Middle School
Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the California
Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
(CAHPERD). In 2003, Paige joined the ENS staff at Westview
High School (2005 California High School Physical Education Program
of the Year) where she taught for 7 years and served as department
chair. Currently, Paige is the Health and Physical Education
Curriculum Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education
where she supports the efforts of 42 school districts and over 120
charter schools in their efforts to provide high quality,
standards-based instruction that empowers students to attain and
maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is a Domain Champion for the San
Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, and is an active member
of both CAHPERD and the Society for Health and Physical Education
Title: Health and Physical Education Curriculum
Coordinator with the San Diego County Office of Education
When did you realize that you wanted to teach physical
I wanted to teach physical education since 7th grade
and all of my friends made fun of me at the time. When I was a
student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I majored in communications
because everyone told me not to major in physical education. I
hated it. After meeting someone with a physical education major, I
decided to switch. I enjoyed being a teaching assistant at Cal
Poly; it really felt like a second skin. Afterwards I taught
exercise and nutrition science to middle school students for 10
years at Twin Peaks (in Poway), where I went to school.
How did you become involved in the COI?
In 2010 when I began working with San Diego County of Education,
Cheryl Moder, formerly the director of COI, scheduled a meeting
with me. A few months later we received the Community Putting
Prevention to Work grant, and this gave me the opportunity to
become more involved.
Why do you stay involved with the COI?
It is really nice seeing so many passionate people working
together. It can be difficult for outside agencies to influence the
education system, and if you are outside the system, it's hard to
get involved. In the beginning of my teaching career, there were no
kids with diabetes. By the end, I had a lot of students that were
diabetic. I had 6th graders who weighed 250 lbs. and at
that point I realized that it's a systemic problem, and the more we
can collaborate, the more we can change the system.
What do you love about your job?
I love that I have the ability to impact thousands of students
by training teachers and providing resources to schools. I help
ensure students receive quality physical education at schools and
that they leave with a skill set and mindset that supports regular
physical activity. I miss working with kids, but I have two high
school students at home.
What are three words that describe you?
Enthusiastic, positive, and action-oriented.
What is your favorite place in San Diego?
Probably La Jolla Shores, because we paddleboard there quite a
What do you do for fun?
Travel and anything outdoors. We were just in Amsterdam and
everyone there was so active, people rode their bikes everywhere!
My family also spends a lot of time up in Mammoth hiking, skiing,
and snowmobiling. I also enjoy spinning, stand-up paddle boarding,
reading, and walking with my chocolate lab.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Professionally, it is being 2003 California Physical Education
Teacher of the Year. Personally, it is my kids. They are 17 and 18
now and one is getting ready to go to college in Michigan on an
What are your three greatest passions?
I probably shouldn't list wine here. Family, being healthy and
active, and discovering new adventures.
What might someone be surprised to know about
I'm probably the most predictable person. I really like a good
cheeseburger. I also binge watch the Academy Awards and everyone in
my house knows to leave me alone when the awards shows are on.
Keturah (or Ketty) Swenson completed the Didactic Program in
Dietetics at San Diego State University, earning a degree in Food
Science and Nutrition, and currently works as a Nutritionist for
Child Development Associates (CDA). CDA is a sponsor of several
federally funded social services including the Child and Adult Care
Food Program (CACFP). Part of her job as the nutritionist is to
create trainings and provide nutrition education for approximately
1,250 private in-home child care providers and about 30 preschool
center staff who participate in their CACFP program.
When did you know that you wanted to work in this career
I have always enjoyed learning about how the body works. I enjoy
science and food, so getting a degree in nutrition made sense for
me, but I didn't know that I would be working as a nutrition
educator in the early child development field until I was in
college. I became aware of food insecurity problems that we have
here in San Diego and realized that helping to ensure that all
children have access to healthy foods was important to me.
I became involved in the COI when I began working for CDA. CDA
has been a long-time supporter of COI as an agency interested in
impacting the health and wellness of children, I got lucky as the
nutritionist to be our representative.
I have seen the impact that the COI has in the early child
development community and I am so inspired by all of the incredible
work that is accomplished when we work together.
I love so much about my job! I love getting to work with child
care providers, visiting child care facilities and seeing the
children enjoy healthy foods, but mostly I love knowing that the
work I do helps to ensure that nutritious meals are available to
children who may not have otherwise had access to those meals.
Silly, empathetic, determined
Home! I'm a total homebody, so most of the time, there is
nowhere I'd rather be.
I like to read, hike, camp, paint a bit, spend time with
friends, go to the San Diego Zoo, watch movies, and cook.
Traveling, being of service to friends & family, and always
learning new things.
I grew up in southern Arizona on a small family farm where we
raised goats and chickens, horses, sheep, cats and dogs, and many
other animals. I raised pigs for 4-H and showed them in the county
fair for years. I love animals and for the last 18+ years that I've
lived in San Diego, I have not owned ONE pet!
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