Polar Technology Trainers are seasoned, physical educators and fitness professionals, who conduct training sessions at schools all across the country. You can learn more about them below.
With a BS in Physical Education/Health/Coaching and Masters of Education degree, Debbie Peterson is the Department Chairperson and PE/Health teacher at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. A Minnesota State Coaches Hall of Famer, Debbie belongs to the MAAHPERD and AAHPERD, and has presented at the state AAHPERD conferences and yearly at the University of Minnesota. She has also delivered more than 100 presentations at international, state, and local levels.Debbie attended a technology training on heart rate monitors and recognized the potential benefits to students. The next year she brought heart rate technology to her school and soon after, to her district. She continues to use the technology in the classroom after witnessing the motivation, self-direction, education and positive influence gained by her students. When asked what she likes most about being a Polar trainer, Debbie shares, "I enjoy meeting new teachers and sharing the activities and strategies that work for me and my students. Most of all, I enjoy having other teachers get excited about new technology in PE--technology that will empower their students to make decisions that can result in lifelong healthy habits."
With a BS and MS in Physical Education, and an M ED in Secondary Administration, Bob Wehinger is a retired physical educator from North Syracuse Central School District in New York. He’s also coached H.S. and college football as well as men’s and women’s Lacrosse. A member of NYSAHPERD, AAHPERD, and IDEA, Bob has conducted over 500 presentations on Polar products. He was honored at Cornell University, when a former player endowed a coaching position with Sprint Football in Bob’s name for $150,000.00. He was also honored as an outstanding educator by the North Syracuse Education Foundation. Bob began using his first Heart Rate Monitor in 1991 after attending a Polar Heart Rate Monitor demonstration. When he retired in 1999, his school district had more than 150 heart rate monitors incorporated in their PE Program. To track his own workouts, Bob uses an E600 as well as the Polar Active and now uses the Polar Loop. When asked what he likes most about being a Polar trainer, Bob shares, "The trainings have allowed me to associate with outstanding physical education staffs throughout the country and share my expertise and knowledge of the Polar products. These trainings have allowed me to give back to the profession by assisting physical educators who are incorporating technology and "the New PE" in their programs."
With a M.A. degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Technology, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education, and a B.S. degree in Health & Exercise Science. George is the Manager of Training and Education at Polar Electro Inc. George has six years of teaching experience in which he used various Polar technologies and over 10 years of experience coaching football, basketball, and track at both the junior high and high school level. George has conducted hundreds of in person as well as virtual presentations and trainings on the local, state, regional, and national level. In 2004, George was first introduced to Polar Technology when he was recruited to be a graduate student in the Polar Scholar Program in Grundy Center, IA. The Polar Scholar Master’s Degree program was a collaborative effort involving Polar, the University of Northern Iowa, and the Grundy Center School District. From 2004-2009, George taught Physical Education at both Grundy Center high school and middle school, using Polar technology on a daily basis. In that time he conducted many pre and post fitness assessments on students using the Polar Trifit system. He also managed the integration, use, and downloading of Polar heart rate monitors which were used for assessment in all Secondary Physical Education classes. George also utilized the Polar Team 2 system with the high school football and basketball teams. For his own workouts, George enjoys running with his Polar RC3 with GPS and strength training using the Polar Beat App on his iphone. When asked what he likes best about being a Polar Technology Trainer, George states "The thing that I like most about being a trainer is that I am able to assist many schools, universities, health clubs, and others make their programs better and more efficient through the use of Polar Technology. Since I am very passionate about fitness and education, I really enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with teachers from all across the country."
With a BS in Health & Physical Education, Pamela Dawson has taught Physical Education and fitness to people from Kindergarten age to Adult. While teaching both elementary and secondary Physical Education, all of her students, third grade and up, wore Polar Heart Monitors every day. Pamela also used PE Manager and TriFIT software, and a Companion Pocket PC at her school. She is a member of AAHPERD and has presented at AAHPERD and TAHPERD. Pamela began using Polar technology after hearing Beth Kirkpatrick speak at TAHPERD. Pamela had been teaching Aerobic classes and taking heart rates with two fingers on the carotid artery. After taking heart rates this way for ten straight years she was elated to find an easier way of knowing what her students were doing. To help keep herself motivated, she uses a Polar RS400 Heart Rate Monitor. When asked what she likes most about being a Polar trainer, Pamela states, "I love traveling the country, sharing and collaborating with people passionate about what they do."
With a BS degree in Physical Education, and a Master’s Equivalency plus 36 graduate credits, Nancy White is a retired educator from Eastern Lancaster County School District in Pennsylvania. She is also a PIAA certified official in Swimming & Diving and Track & Field and she officiates NCAA swimming and USA Track & Field. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania AHPERD and NASPE. She was awarded teacher of the year by Lancaster-Lebanon H & PE Association in 2007, and has conducted various presentations at the State PSAHPERD conventions for many years. Nancy was introduced to Polar technology when her school district was awarded a PEP grant, of which she was the Project Coordinator. In her classes, Nancy used TriFIT, PE Manager, E600 Heart Rate Monitors, and the Companion Pocket PC. These products changed her entire focus for PE classes and she saw great results with the students. Nancy believes the use of Polar Technology can change youth fitness and result in better academic scores for all students. In her personal workouts, Nancy uses the RS800 G3 Fitness Computer, the F11 Heart Rate Monitor, and the RS800 with her horses. When asked what she likes most about being a Polar trainer, Nancy says, "The best part of being a Polar Trainer is meeting so many different teaching professionals. Going to so many schools gives you a sense of hope for the future of fitness in this country. I believe teachers are using the Technology to teach their students how to be fit. This will follow them for a lifetime. To be part of this movement is truly a wonderful experience!"