Education

Chatting With Longtime South Plainfield High School PE Teacher William Schulte

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William Schulte has been teaching physical education at South Plainfield High School for 43 years.
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(Editor’s Note: Katelyn Borsos is a senior at South Plainfield High School and an intern with TAPinto South Plainfield during the 2016-2017 school year.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – William Schulte is currently in his 43rd year as a physical education teacher at South Plainfield High School (SPHS).

“I lived here for 28 years and got to see the town grow,” Schulte said, who currently resides in Hillsborough.

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A member of SPHS’s Class of 1967, Schulte attended Tusculum College in Tennessee where he also was a member of school’s baseball and basketball teams. He first started out as a business major and then changed his area of study to history but, at the suggestion of a professor, ultimately went on to earn a degree in physical education instead.

Schulte landed his first teaching job in 1973 at SPHS and, over the years, has also coached various levels of basketball and football. To him, the best part about being a physical education teacher is being able to interact with students and teach them the importance of physical education.

“I love teaching individual sports to students and watching them grow,” Schulte said.

Schulte credits former administrator Nancy Erickson, who served as head of the physical education department, and the late Carol Espinosa, a fellow physical education teacher, as influences throughout his career. According to Schulte, Erickson had an impact on how he taught while Espinosa established the aerobics program, which Schulte has continued to run for the past 30 years.

To students who are interested in pursuing a career in physical education, Schulte advises ’go for it.’ “Find something you love to do and do it,” he said.

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