Leslie M. Stover Middle School
Phone: (803) 438-7414
Degrees and Certifications:
University of South Carolina B.S., magna cum laude, Physical Education
Hello everyone! I'm Mr. Cupido. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Physical Education and have been a personal trainer and self defense instructor for more than a decade. Wrestling is my sport of choice. I competed in college where I was a 3x All American. I am very passionate about building better people, that's why I love teaching and coaching. I feel that there is no better avenue for instilling hope and building character. The joy of teaching health class is that it provides the students with the forum to discuss and investigate the topics that really concern them in their day-to-day lives, such as: social interactions and their consequences, nutrition and working out, mental and emotional well-being, what it means to be a person of character, and many other stimulating topics .
I teach my classes and pull all my topics and lessons straight from the South Carolina Health Education Standards which can be found here:
South Carolina Health Education Standards PDF
This is the main information the students will cover:
Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and to avoid or reduce health risks.
Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.”
D - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
G - Growth, Development, and Sexual Health and Responsibility
I - Injury Prevention and Safety
M - Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
N - Nutrition and Physical Activity
P - Personal and Community Health
There will be many student led discussions where the students will be allowed to ask any questions that they want, which I will answer to the best of my ability using the curriculum resources. Since the Health Standards cover topics such as mental health, human reproduction, and the such, please do not be alarmed if/when your student comes home and tells you about a discussion topic that we covered. If you are concerned in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will gladly fill you in on any and all details. Please, Please READ the Health Standards, they contain all the possible topics that the state of South of Carolina wants the students to cover.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me using the email address provided. Thank you for taking the time to read this and have a blessed day!