A Leader in Me School

A Leader in Me School

Jinelle (Jinnie) Laturnus

Physical Education Teacher

Hi :-) A little about me.:

I have been a Physical Education teacher since 2005.  I have taught all grades, k-12.  I have been at Lopez Elementary since 2014.  I absolutely love what I do and I really enjoy my subject area but most of all I enjoy the kids!  I attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science, with a concentration in Education. I had wanted to be a PE teacher since I was an elementary student, originally because I loved sports, the outdoors, being active and I was successful at being an athlete.  Later,  when I worked with children at CSU sports camp, I found out how much I enjoyed working with children. My experiences at C.S.U gave me tremendous affirmations of , " I am in the right field." My favorite classes were Anatomy and physiology, Gross Anatomy, and Sport Psychology.

I have a family of 6. We have 4 kids.  I have 5th grader this year, (2022), and our other 3 are off being young adults:-)

Educational and Professional Background

Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University

Physical Education teacher: 2005 - Present

Personal Fitness Trainer for 16 years

Personal Interests and Hobbies

I met my husband at CSU, where he was a football coach there and I was a student.

I love spending time with my family.  Our  4 kids range in age of a 28 year old son, a 26 year old daughter, a 24 year old daughter and a 10 year old daughter.


I love being outside and staying active.



About My Classroom

My classroom is safe, welcoming, educational, and   F U N!

I am a Friendly, Fun, Firm, and Fair teacher.

I strive to help students realize the importance of being active and staying active. Also, helping students know that you don't have to be the best athlete to be active and participate.  

Learning Page
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