Speakers and Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Heidi Ambrosius, MA CAPE, R-DMT

Early Childhood Adapted Physical Education:
Advocacy and Implementation

Heidi has been a full-time Adapted PE Specialist for the Moreno Valley Unified School District since 1998. She works primarily in early childhood adapted physical education at Rainbow Springs Preschool. Heidi received her BA in Dance from Cal State Fullerton in 1995, her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy in 1997, and her PE/APE Credentials from Cal Poly Pomona in 1999. She received her national Adapted Physical Education certification (CAPE) from APENS in 2019. She has been an adjunct professor since 2018 in the Kinesiology Adapted Physical Education program at CSU, San Bernardino, and also teaches online APE courses for CSU Bakersfield. Heidi serves on the NCPEID Membership Committee and is Co-director of the Southern California Adapted PE Consortium. Most recently, she has been invited to be the Chair of the Southern Tier of the National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy. She has a great passion for advocacy in Adapted PE, especially pertaining to early childhood. Heidi is also the State Council on Adapted Physical Education (SCAPE) Chair-Elect and the Co-Director for the 52nd National Adapted Physical Education Conference (2023)

Speakers

Connor Rodrigo, M.S.

Connor is an Adapted Physical Education (APE) teacher dedicated to promoting inclusive physical activity and sports opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Since 2018, he has served as a full-time APE teacher for Greeley-Evans School District 6, where he works to provide high-quality adapted physical education services to students across various grade levels, including elementary, middle, high school, and transition services.

Connor is in the process of founding a nonprofit organization focused on bringing Camp Abilities to Colorado.

Connor’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Northern Arizona University, which he earned in 2016, and a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education obtained in 2018.

He is dedicated to promoting inclusive practices and ensuring that all students have equal access to physical activity and sports opportunities.

Session Title: Inclusion Strategies for K-12 General Physical Education Teachers

Sarah Brockberg, M.A.

Sarah Brockberg is the 2023 SHAPE Central District, 2023 SHAPE Colorado Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year, 2023 D49 Fantastic 49 winner, and 2020 D49 Service Star Winner.
She is in her 15th year of teaching and 8th year as an Adapted Physical Education teacher in Falcon School District 49, working with secondary and transition students.
She recently started an adapted athletics program within her district along with Partners in PE classes at all secondary schools. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Southwest State University in Marshall, MN, and her two master’s degrees in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and Adapted Physical Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.s

Session Title: Innovative Solutions: Creating Adapted PE Equipment with PVC

Katie Spirek, M.S.

Katie Spirek is an esteemed Adapted Physical Education Specialist with a wealth of experience and a dedication to inclusivity. With her undergraduate studies at UW Whitewater and graduate education at UW LaCrosse, Katie has honed her skills and knowledge in the field of adapted physical education.

In her teaching journey, Katie has demonstrated a profound commitment to ensuring that individuals of all abilities have access to physical literacy. She strives to create inclusive environments in Colorado where students can thrive alongside their peers. Katie’s passion extends beyond the classroom, as she actively engages in outdoor activities, including hiking and adventure sports, with her husband and dogs.

Katie serves as a valued member of SHAPE Colorado and the CDE APE Advisory Council, where she advocates for inclusivity and advances the goals of physical education in the state. Since 2017, she has been a full-time adapted physical education specialist for Jeffco Public Schools, working with elementary, middle, and high school students. Additionally, Katie organizes monthly adapted athletics events for her district’s middle school and high school Unified PE programs, providing opportunities for students to compete in various sports. With a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Health Education, and Adapted Physical Education from UW Whitewater, and a Masters in Adapted Physical Education from UW La Crosse, Katie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, enriching the lives of her students and advocating for inclusivity in physical education.

Session Title: Unified PE, Group Games, and More!

Dave Westdal


Dave Westdal is a dedicated professional committed to fostering inclusive physical education environments for students with diverse abilities. Currently serving as the Adapted Physical Education (APE) teacher at Fletcher Miller Middle School in the Jeffco School District, Dave specializes in working with medically fragile multiple disability students. With a passion for empowering individuals through physical activity, Dave employs innovative strategies and adaptive techniques to ensure all students have access to quality physical education experiences.

Dave’s journey in the field of education began after completing his studies in Physical Education at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Since embarking on his teaching career in 2014, he has demonstrated exceptional dedication to his students’ well-being and academic success. Through continuous professional development and a commitment to excellence, Dave strives to create inclusive learning environments where every student can thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally.

In his role at Fletcher Miller Middle School, Dave leverages his expertise in adapted physical education to design tailored programs that meet the unique needs of each student. He is known for his compassionate approach, strong communication skills, and ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, parents, and community stakeholders.

Session Title: Adapted Archery

Join Dave for an insightful session focused on integrating the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) into Adapted Physical Education (APE) settings. This session will provide attendees with practical knowledge and resources to seamlessly incorporate archery into their APE curriculum. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with adapted equipment specifically designed for individuals with diverse abilities. Through hands-on demonstrations and interactive discussions, attendees will gain valuable insights into adapting archery equipment to accommodate various physical and cognitive challenges. This session will delve into the essential steps for establishing a successful archery program within APE settings. From identifying suitable equipment to designing inclusive lesson plans, participants will learn effective strategies for promoting engagement and skill development among students with disabilities. Whether you’re a seasoned APE professional or new to the field, this session offers a wealth of practical information and best practices for leveraging the benefits of archery in inclusive physical education environments. Join Dave as he explores the transformative potential of NASP in enhancing the physical and cognitive well-being of all students.

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