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About COPA



The Creating Opportunities for Physical Activity (COPA) Program assists teachers and faculty to be independent leaders in physical education. Physical education specialists train classroom teachers in elementary school settings to become independent in physical education instruction.


COPA also assists schools with special events, Instant Recess, healthy fundraisers, and professional development to increase the culture of daily physical activity. 


During the School Day


 COPA is a peer-coach training program for elementary school teachers.  A physical education Specialist from Providence Little Company of Mary is paired with a teacher for two year to bring California standard-based physical education to their students.


After School


COPA uses the C.A.R.E. (Challenge, Assess, Respect, and Exercise) curriculum to reinforce physical activity instruction the children learn during the school day.   This eight week curriculum combines physical, social, and emotional aspects of the health taught through indoor and outdoor activities. 



Physical Education Specialists

Latarrin Sheppard, Physical Education Specialist

Latarrin Sheppard

Jessica Cortes


Physical Education Instructors

Robert Smith

Lisa Bonaventura



Billy Mitchell Elementary School

Room 15

(310) 676-1197 x 55215


For more information about COPA,

Please contact

Jim Tehan

Director, Community Health

Providence Little Company of Mary