Physical Education

The physical education/health department consists of providing opportunities for personal wellness, providing a wide variety of fitness activities and teaching lifelong game skills. The physical education/health department emphasizes teamwork, self-discipline and physical fitness. We are dedicated to providing information to students that will allow them the lead a better health enhanced life, through choice and knowledge.

Courses Offered

Weight Training (Boys, Girls)

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: One year

Department: Physical Education

Prerequisite: Sports Participation is Preferred

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to focus on strength, speed, endurance and flexibility, while at the same time provide students with an understanding and appreciation of lifelong fitness. This course will utilize the Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) program as a guide throughout the semester. This program focuses on central core lifts while incorporating a variety of accessory lifts to work all muscle groups differently. In addition to the BFS program sport specific workouts, and game day workouts for those student athletes in-season are provided to students daily.

Physical Education (Boys, Girls)

Level: Academic 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: 1 year

Department: Physical Education

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

Physical education is required all 4 years of high school. Students are exposed to a wide variety of activities. These activities include individual and team sports, fitness, team building, rhythmic activities, guest speakers, and self defense. Fitness testing and wellness are a special emphasis in our physical education program.


Level: Academic

Length of course: One semester (usually taken freshman year)

Department: Health

Prerequisite: None

Course Description:

Students will be given information that they need to better understand the different aspects of health and wellness. A constant theme throughout health education focuses on the development and application of student decision-making skills as it relates to his/her own health. Emphasis focuses on developing basic knowledge and understanding of food and nutrition principles, first aid procedures/techniques, drug and alcohol awareness, and normal growth and development processes. Other areas explored are mental/emotional health, stress and stress management, relationship/dating, and disease prevention. Activities include oral discussion, small group work, role playing, demonstrations, journal-keeping and guest speakers on current and various health related topics.

Physical Education Staff

Erick Black - 309-698-7554 -

Coach Black is entering his first year at East Peoria High School, he is originally from Maroa Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Millikin University in Decatur Illinois where he was a four year member of the Big Blue Football Team. Coach Black has also had stops at Maroa-Forsyth High School, Farmington High School and Dwight Township High School where he has taught, Physical Education, health and Drivers Education. During his tenure he has coached football, boys nad girls basketball and softball. Coach Black has been married to his wife Amy for 26 years and they have two children their daughter Taran and son Jared. Coach Black is a die-hard Green Bay packer Fan.

Brad Bouris - 309-698-7519 -

Mr. Bouris is in his second year of teaching here at East Peoria High School, he is originally from El Paso, Illinois. He received his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Recreation from Eureka College. Mr. Bouris also played baseball at the college level. He spent two years at Kishwaukee Jr. College, one year at Oklahoma State University, and one year at Illinois State University. Mr. Bouris is the varisty head Girls Golf Coach and Varsity softball assistant coach. Mr. Bouris has been married for 10 years to his wife Kelly. They have 2 kids. Their son Braxton is 6 and their daughter Kenley is 5. Mr. Bouris is a HUGE Cubs Fan!!!

Brett Gonigam - 309-694-8301 -

Brett Gonigam is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he majored in K-12 Kinesiology. After graduating, Brett taught one year at St. Philomena grade school in Peoria, IL. Since being at East Peoria High School, Brett has taught PE for 3 years, Health for one year, and is currently the Drivers Education Instructor for the last 3 years. Along with teaching at East Peoria, Brett also is a coach at East Peoria High School. Brett currently is in his 7th year of coaching boys basketball, 3rd year as girl's golf coach, and first year as the bass fishing coach. Brett has also coached baseball for 2 years. When Brett is not teaching or coaching, he enjoys playing golf, basketball, baseball/softball, fishing, and spending time with his wife and children.

Amy Jones - 309-694-8348 -

Amy Jones graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Sports Medicine form East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. While there she also played 4 years of basketball for the Division II Warriors. After Graduating from East Stroudsburg University she went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine while working for Illinois Wesleyan College as their women’s volleyball and basketball athletic trainer. After receiving her Master’s degree Amy worked as an athletic trainer with various high schools in the area while completing her teaching certificate and teaching at Eureka College.

Phil Johns - 309-698-7509 -

I graduated from Canton High School in 1987, where I won an IHSA State Championship for wrestling with a 43-0 record. Iearned a scholarship to SIU-E. I was the Most Outstanding Male Athlete at SIU-E in 1991. Prior to coaching and teaching at East Peoria, Ihave been an elementary PE teacher for many years. I have 3 wonderful children, Alex, Savannah, and Emilee and they are the joy of my life. I have have been teaching at EPCHS since 2006.

Denee Menzione - 309-694-8365 -

Ms. Denee' Menzione started teaching at EPCHS in 2011. She is originally from Darien, Illinois and graduated from Downers Grove South High School. She received her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies from Eastern Illinois University and received her Driver's Education certificate from Olivet Nazarene University. Ms. Menzione also completed her endorsement in Educational Leadership through Aurora University. During her time at Eastern Illinois University she was a four year member of the Panther softball team where she played third base and outfield. Ms. Menzione is currently the varsity head softball coach here at EPCHS but also coached girls basketball in years past. When she is not teaching, coaching she enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and cheering on her favorite professional teams, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs!

Katelyn Romeo - 309-698-7541 -

Kate Romeo is a Physical Education and Drivers Education Teacher here at East Peoria High School. She is originally from Vernon Hills, Illinois. She coaches the Freshman Girls Volleyball and Sophomore Girls Basketball. She received her Bachelor’s of science in kinesiology and sports from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in health. She recently received her endorsement in Drivers Education this past summer.

Physical Education Resources

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