Whether his students choose physical education, a pre-professional program, or preparation for an advanced degree leading to careers in athletic training, physical therapy, strength and conditioning or health and fitness instruction, Anthony Sgherza enjoys each aspect of their preparation.
“I especially enjoy interacting with a generation different from my own,” he says, and he finds it gratifying to watch them develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful teachers or to sit for one of the certifying exams in their chosen field.
Sgherza began his own career as a clinical physical therapist and continues to practice as he teaches. “I believe I am a better instructor by practicing in the clinic, and I am a better clinician by teaching in the classroom,” he says.
But the very best part of teaching for Sgherza is the opportunity it affords for life-long learning. “If I’m not learning during the 45 minutes or one hour that I am teaching a class,” he says, “something important has been lost.”