New Jersey-born, Tony Sorrell is a lover of sports and fitness who will share that love with students of all ages. “I love what I do, not just love what I do but I have passion for teaching,” he explains. Perhaps he came by it naturally, since his parents were both educators and his father was an athlete as well.
Immediately after graduating from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), where he was an All-American running back in football and a sprinter in track, Mr. Sorrell spent a couple of years at different schools before finding his fit at Berkeley Preparatory School in Florida. During his 26 years there, he taught all ages, from kindergarten through high school, with the last 12 years focused on high school.
In the summer of 2018, Mr. Sorrell moved to Virginia due to his wife’s job, and he was looking at spending the 2018-19 school year subbing--until he got a call from an old friend and former co-worker, Frank Sullivan, with whom he had worked at Berkeley for about 12 years. Mr. Sullivan had an unexpected opening, and just like that, Mr. Sorrell became the Middle School Physical Education Teacher.
While at Berkeley, Mr. Sorrell developed the challenge ropes courses (both low and high rope elements), and then instituted Outdoor Adventure, an experiential adventure education program that he incorporated into the physical education program. He also led students on annual camping, geocaching, kayaking/canoeing, and mountain biking trips. He hopes to do similar activities at R-MA through a curriculum similar to Project Adventure.
Mr. Sorrell’s goal is to teach the basic physical skills encompassing locomotor skills, manipulative skills, muscular strength, and body awareness, with the goal that students gain the knowledge they need to be able to take responsibility for their own fitness. He seeks to make his gym class a safe and engaging environment for all students. “Every student should leave my class with a feeling of positive self-esteem,” he says.
He holds certifications in Swim America Level 1-10; USA Fencing, Foil Level 1-2 and Epee Level 1; Kayaking Instructor Level 1-2 ASA; and Reebok Aerobic/Dance: Kickboxing, Power Step and Zumba.
Mr. Sorrell and his wife have one child. He enjoys fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking.
- B.S., The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College)
- Courses: Physical Education
- R-MA Mentor, Varsity Football Assistant Coach, Varsity Track & Field Coach