Faculty & Staff

Patrice Lovdahl

Instructor of Health and Physical Education
School of Education
W. Patrice Lovdahl, a native of Pearl River, LA, has been an educator for 37 years in the state of Mississippi. She taught in the public schools as an elementary physical educator for 30 years. Patrice retired in May of 2010 after teaching 23 years at Rawls Springs Attendance Center in the Forrest County School System. She completed her National Boards in Early and Middle Childhood (ages 3-12). Mrs. Lovdahl continues to work with National Board Certified Teacher candidates in physical education with the Mississippi Teacher Training Institute.

Patrice is an author/coauthor of several articles, assisted with rewriting the state of Mississippi’s Physical Education Framework, and contributed 16 line dance lesson plans for the book Lesson Planning for High School Physical Education With Web Resource: Meeting the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes which comes out in the Fall of 2017. She has presented workshops locally, statewide, and nationally for Shape America and MS. Department Education/Healthy Schools. Mrs. Lovdahl was a Physical Best Instructor for Shape America for several years. She has been an aerobics instructor and personal trainer in the area. She is a member of Shape America, Southern District, MAHPERD and MPE. Over her years of teaching in the public schools, she has received many awards including being the first physical educator to be inducted in the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers.

W. Patrice Lovdahl loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her favorite get away is the beach. It is extremely important to her to stay current with what is happening in the field of physical education/education.

Degrees and Certifications:

MS Licensure Teacher Certification in Class AA Physical Education (K-12)
National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood (ages 3-12)
Master of Science in Physical Education with and Emphasis in Exercise Science, University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Minor in Secondary Education, University of Southern Mississippi
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