End of an era

Marsha Masters has inflicted more than her share of pushups, situps and running in her 25 years as a physical education teacher at Olympic High School. But, like all good things, Masters’ career has come to an end. Masters retired Friday when the school year ended.

Masters began teaching at Olympic High when it opened in 1979.

“It’s just time to go,” she said. She wants to retire while she still enjoys her job so she can go out on a high note.

She tried to teach her students to have respect for themselves and others. In her class, everyone had a chance to not only participate, but to shine.

“I modify games to the point to where there are small teams and everyone gets a chance to play,” she said.

In her many years, she never once got bored teaching P.E.

“In P.E., in every class, in every period, every day, something different happens,” Masters said. “In P.E., you see a whole different side of a kid than you’d see in any other class.”

Her goal in her class was to make sure all students found an exercise they liked — in a typical week, students had two days of games, one day of circuit training, one day of swimming and one day of running.

“There wasn’t too much slacking,”

Masters said.

Masters also tried to teach students to make healthy choices in life. During her class, the students had to create a fitness plan, which sometimes included keeping a food diary and exercise goals. Teaching responsibility was not limited to the classroom.

In her off-time, Masters is passionate about Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which promotes healthy driving and living habits for teenagers. She first became involved in MADD in 1984 when a student at Olympic High was killed in an alcohol-related accident on Central Valley Road.

After this school year is over, she plans on getting more involved in the MADD chapter, in which she currently serves as president.

She knows she is making a difference.

“1992 was the last time we lost a student at Olympic High School to an alcohol-related accident,” she said. “I’m very proud of that. There’s probably some kids walking around today because of what we’ve done out there.”

Roxie Klett, one of Masters’ former teachers at Central Kitsap High School, was impressed with Masters both as a student and a teacher.

“Besides being a super neat person, Marsha was one of the finest athletes I ever worked with,” Klett said.

Klett’s fond memories of Masters’ athletic ability go back to Masters’ high school days.

“She was a feared young lady when we played dodgeball. Boys would walk out of there with big old welts,” Klett said.

Masters came back to CKHS as a teacher in 1974, she had a much more gentle persona.

“She was a great teacher,” Klett said.

When Olympic High opened, Masters transferred there.

“She was well liked by everybody, by both teachers and students,” Klett said.

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