Edu-Ninja Jen Burdis To Address Norris Staff in August

Edu-Ninja Jen Burdis To Address Norris Staff in August

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A veteran of two seasons of American Ninja Warrior, longtime Elementary teacher Jen Burdis hails from California where she is a fourth grade teacher. Burdis will speak to Norris teachers as part of their pre-student days professional development the afternoon of August 15.

Burdis believes that when teachers incorporate positive sustained strategies to increase daily activity, mindfulness, and thoughtful food choices, together everyone achieves more.

A member of the honorary All-Big 10 All-Time Academic Team, Burdis played on national semi-finals and national runner-up teams for Nittany Lions volleyball while earning All-Academic Conference honors each year of her undergraduate studies.  While at Penn State she was also fortunate to work with top-notch trainers, a sports psychologist, and a sports nutritionist who all stressed the importance of daily physical activity, mind body connection strategies, and making healthy food choices as part of a daily lifestyle in order to be successful.  She carried this awareness with her into the classroom where she has been teaching and motivating both students and colleagues ever since.

After her father had a severe health setback five years ago and had to undergo triple heart bypass surgery, Burdis knew it was vital to show her father and others that there are simple steps to leading and sustaining a healthier lifestyle. While competing on seasons six and seven of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior as the “EduNinja” it reinforced her commitment to empowering teachers, students, and their families to pursue their goals of becoming healthier.

Funding to support Burdis' speaking engagement at Norris will be partially provided by the federal Physical Education Program PEP Grant awarded Norris and ESU 6 participating districts.