David Schillo Studied Adapted Physical Education for Challenged Youngsters in Depth

Science teacher David Schillo of Dickson Middle School in Dickson, Tennessee studied kinesiology in his Master’s Degree program at East Carolina University.  His thesis concerned adapted physical education for children with developmental disabilities.   Genetic factors have long been considered pivotal to the origins of developmental disabilities, although the environment is also a factor.  The exact nature of environmental causation has been the source of the nature versus nurture debate for decades.  Currently, over 1,000 known genetic conditions have symptoms which are developmental delays or disabilities.

David Schillo’s volunteerism with children who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy is his current work with the approximately 2% of the western population who suffer from developmental disability conditions.  Developmental disabilities are more common in males than in females.  Research studies have found that proportions of developmental disabilities are higher in areas which suffer from poverty and among certain ethnic populations.   In western societies, tiers of child development have been established to allow practitioners to diagnose possible developmental delays when a child does not reach an expected level of development.  Levels of attainment are measured according to a developmental age established by test scores.

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David Schillo Worked in East Carolina University Developmental Motor Lab

Working with the developmentally disabled has been important to teacher David Schillo since his days as a tutor at East Carolina University.  A group of chronic conditions which arise from mental or physical impairments, developmental disabilities cause special problems for individuals in “language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living”. A part of the lifespan of those afflicted, most developmental disabilities are detected early.  Those disabilities which are pervasive throughout all areas of an individual’s development are labelled global developmental delays. Common developmental disability conditions include Fragile X syndrome resulting in autism, Down syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders which cause social, communication and behavioral difficulties, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy, which affects the individual’s ability to move and maintain balance.  Intellectual disability or mental retardation revolves around the condition of having an IQ below 70, affecting adaptive functioning.


Teacher David Schillo worked in the East Carolina University Developmental Motor Lab as he worked for his Master’s Degree.  During that time, Graduate Assistant Schillo and his students worked to customize physical activity programs and activities for children who suffer from a variety of developmental disabilities.  The causes of these conditions are largely unknown, even when an etiological investigation is conducted.

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David Schillo Once Based in Camp Stanley of Uijeongbu, South Korea

Camp Red Cloud is the headquarters of the 2nd Infantry Division of the United States Army located east of Uijeongbu, South Korea. David Schillo was based with Camp Stanley, a military post with the Red Cloud garrison. Uijeongbu is a city located between Seoul, the capitol of South Korea, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land which stretches across the Korean Peninsula. The Korean DMZ was created as a buffer between North and South Korea by the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953.  Acting as a border barrier, the Korean DMZ is approximately 2 and a half miles wide and 160 miles long.  The Korean DMZ is one of the most dangerously tense areas in the world.

David Schillo was attached to Camp Stanley, a military camp which is part of the Red Cloud garrison of the United States Army in South Korea. David Schillo was a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Officer, overseeing 2.900 soldiers in his Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Developing and implementing defensive measures to be followed in the event of a CBRN attack, Schillo provided a vital service to the military in one of the most inflammatory parts of the world today.

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David Schillo Combined Passions of Science and Health

David Schillo continued his interest in science and health at East Carolina University, where he studied Public Health Education. Public Health Education studies include a variety of specialty areas, such as environmental health, physical health, social health, emotional health, intellectual health and spiritual health.  Health education may be said to be the principles by which humans and groups of humans learn to approach health in a proactive way, promoting, maintaining and restoring health.  The role of public health education has changed over the eons of human existence.  UP until the 1950’s, much of public health was focused on controlling the effects of infectious diseases.  Once these threats were largely under control, the 1970’s saw human society turn to reducing illness, death and rising health care costs by focusing on disease prevention and healthful practices.

David Schillo’s passion and place as a health educator may be defined as “a professionally prepared individual who serves in a variety of roles and is specifically trained to use appropriate educational strategies and methods to facilitate the development of policies, procedures, interventions, and systems conducive to the health of individuals, groups, and communities”.

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David Schillo Brings Sharp Communication Skills to Multiple Jobs

David Schillo was able to develop and test through practical use customized, movement-based physical education programs on both a short and long term basis. David Schillo consulted with his developmentally disabled patient/clients each day, monitoring and noting their progress toward activity goals. David Schillo watched his client’s motor function and flexibility improve even while encouraging exercise as fun and dynamic. His class of 15 students in Dance Abiity is an excellent example of his creativity and skill in combining exercise and fun in physical activity for long term positive outcomes. Even while customizing his students’ best physical activity therapies, Schillo did research and analysis which will benefit future program students through his published results.


David Schillo has recorded his excellent communication skills as one of his strongest areas of expertise.  Across the spectrum of his life’s experiences, communication has been key to his success. From his experiences in the Developmental Motor Lab at East Carolina University to his previous position as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Officer with the United States Army, Schillo has exhibited his skills with both academic innovation and successful human interaction accomplished through superior articulate communication.

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David Schillo: Healthy Cooking

David Schillo is highly aware of the effect that regular physical activity greatly helps overall health, especially heart health. Schillo’s father passed away from a sudden heart attack, and David, carrying those same genes and a likelihood that he will suffer from heart disease later in life, devoted himself to leading a healthy lifestyle. He spreads this passion for physical activity and healthy foods into his professional and personal life. In addition to training for a half marathon for the American Heart Association, David Schillo also strives to cook healthy foods for himself, his friends, and his family.


For David Schillo, the key to cooking healthy is trying to avoid excessive saturated fats, sugar, sodium, and preservatives. Using whole grains, lean meats, and plenty of fiber and vitamins from natural sources like vegetables and fruits, Schillo devises menus that build better heart health over time and taste great.

David Schillo loves to cook healthy foods and teach his students and everyone who will listen about heart-healthy meals.

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David Schillo: Creating Adaptive Physical Education Systems

David Schillo earned a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education from East Carolina University. He has long held an interest in creating better systems for people, especially young people, suffering from severe mental or physical disabilities to still reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.

David Schillo, as a graduate student, was the program manager of the East Carolina University Developmental Motor Lab, where he and his students were “responsible for creating customized adapted physical activity plans aimed to work towards a physical goal such as walking upstairs, writing with a pencil, shooting a ball, or running track.”

David Schillo now volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and helps students with disabilities develop their own physical activity plans at Dickson County Middle School in Dickson, Tennessee, where he is a science teacher.

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Typically, an instructor involved in Adaptive Physical Education provides many services to disabled students such as planning, prescription and placement, advocacy, and the coordination of resources and consulting, as well as the evaluation of services available to students. David Schillo has gone above and beyond as an instructor at Dickson County Middle School as an advocate for students with disabilities.

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David Schillo: Former Tutor with the University Academic Tutoring Center

David Schillo was a tutor working for the University Academic Tutoring Center. David worked for this organization as an undergraduate at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The University Academic Tutoring Center helped Schillo connect with his fellow students and help them succeed, while giving him valuable experience he would later use in his current job as a middle school science teacher.

David Schillo recommends working as a tutor in college to all undergraduates. Not only is it a great way to earn a few extra dollars, working as a tutor also creates opportunities for students to learn more about the subjects they’re tutoring others in. David Schillo benefited greatly from helping other students navigate difficult classes and concepts over his time working for the East Carolina University Academic Tutoring Center.

David Schillo enjoyed a long career in the US Army as a highly-trained officer before he left the military to teach middle school science. Schillo was “stationed at Fort Leonard MO, Fort Benning GA, and Camp Stanley Korea.

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David Schillo: Volunteering to Help People with Muscular Dystroph

David Schillo is an eighth-grade science teacher at Dickson County Middle School in Dickson, Tennessee. Before he started his teaching career, Schillo served in the US military as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear officer in the Army. In addition to his busy job devoted to his students, Schillo also spends time volunteering with several organizations focusing on helping people who suffer from muscular dystrophy.

David Schillo has volunteered for the past five years for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), a national organization that seeks to advance research into this disease and to create solutions and services for those who suffer from the disease. David Schillo also worked four summers at the MDA’s Camp Carefree Summer Camp in Stokesdale, North Carolina. Schillo is a volunteer leader for the MDA in his community. He also helped organize the annual MDA walk in Greenville, North Carolina, which raises money for the MDA and the advancement of issues that those with muscular dystrophy care about.

David Schillo is proud of his community work, and is currently training for a half marathon in support of the American Heart Association. David Schillo of Tennessee says of his reasons for training. My father passed away from a sudden heart attack and it is a goal of mine to complete a full marathon within the next five years.

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David Schillo: Creative Lesson Planning

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