Name: Brian Underwood
School: Cal State University, San Bernardino
Major: Physical Education
Education: Course work completed for M.S.
School: Cal State University, Fullerton
Teaching Credential: Cal State University, Fullerton
Occupation: Physical Education Teacher
National Board Certified Teacher - Physical Education
Tennis Instructor: Certified & insured through U.S.P.T.R - 24 years of experience
Personal Trainer/ Fitness Counselor: Certified through A.F.A.A - 19 years of experience
Work Phone #: 310-393-9227 ext. 544
Books: Understanding Our Mind; Old Path, White Cloud; The Whole-Brain Child
Writers: Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Siegel
Quote: Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ~ John Wooden
Food: Thai, Italian, Japanese
Past Travel Destinations: Italy, France, Thailand, Alaska, Maui, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Kashmir
Future Travel Destinations: Spain, Costa Rica
Mind, Body, & Soul
My name is Brian Underwood (Mr. U) and I’ve been teaching Physical Education at Lincoln Middle School for the past fourteen years.
I’ve always had a love for moving. Howard Gardner identifies nine types of intelligence, which we all possess, but if I had to choose my strength it would be Body-Kinesthetic Intelligence (“Body Smart”). That’s one of the major reasons why I became a PE teacher.
I’ve always enjoyed participating in sports, fitness, and recreation.
I grew up playing soccer when I was a toddler and then participated in baseball for 10 years. I picked up tennis because of boredom. How? I was living in an apartment complex and there were two tennis courts. My brother and I would go out onto the courts with old wood racquets and attempt to rally (we were bored and we didn't own a computer or video games). One day we were challenged by some older kids to a game of doubles and got crushed (we didn’t even know how to keep score) but it was so much fun. They could spin their serves and hit overhead smashes! I wanted to learn how to play like them. After that loss my brother and I practiced almost everyday. Twenty two years later I still hit the tennis ball on a regular basis. My new kinesthetic challenge is the game of golf. The toughest game I’ve ever attempted to play. Golf challenges your physical perfectionism, which puts your mind and will in a constant flux to find serenity.
Just to reiterate I’ve always been a mover. I love the outdoors and can only stay indoors for only so long. My adolescent life was consumed with soccer, bicycling, skateboarding, whiffle ball, and flashlight tag. Baseball, tennis, and resistance training was my focus in high school while in college it was badminton, tennis, and long distance running.
I just have to move.
A highlight in my fitness accomplishments is when I ran the entire L.A. Marathon in 1999.
Camping, camping, and camping. Our family vacations were not to Hawaii or some other foreign country sleeping in nice hotels. Which would have been nice, don’t get me wrong. Our family outings were to Big Bear or Cachuma Lake. I learned how to work a compass, read a map, and live in the wilderness. We slept in tents, didn’t shower for a days, and hiked for hours.
These experiences molded me into the person I am.
My past jobs also cultivated me. My jobs seemed to always revolve around helping others in the areas I described above. From working with the parks and recreations during my high school summers to teaching tennis at tennis clubs to fitness training group classes and individuals at the Ritz Carlton. I guess you can say my past experiences prepared me for the teaching profession.
My hobbies in the past have been art, photography, reading, camping, and many different athletic endeavors.
My current hobbies are yoga, photography and healthy cooking.
All the best to your pursuits,
~ Mr. U