Teacher and soccer champion
Reagan Anders is a Physical Education teacher at California School for the Deaf, Riverside, and a fully-trained staffer in ASL/Bilingual Professional Development. She's also a veteran athlete and soccer champion, a mentor, and an inspiration to her students. (She keeps them moving.)
The only Deaf person in her family, Reagan experienced both mainstreaming (through Taft Elementary's program and University High School, but had most of her schooling at CSDR. She's also an alumna of CSUN, where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology and M.A. in Deaf Education, “among teaching credentials in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program." She's considering returning to college for another degree. And she's passionate about Physical Education as an integral part of one's well-being.
Anders has been on Team USA of the USA Deaf Soccer Association for nine years (her position is sweeper/central defense), and captained the victorious women’s soccer team that played this past July at the Deaf World Football Championships in Ankara, Turkey. She played in the 2001 Deaflympics in Rome (basketball), taking home a gold medal; 2005 in Melbourne (soccer), another gold medal; 2009 in Taipei, (soccer), three gold medals. With the latest victory in Ankara, they’ve acquired a reputation as a formidable team on a winning streak—repeat champions.
“It is very hard to pick [her single most memorable moment in soccer], but one that comes to mind quickly occurred in the 2005 Games in Melbourne. Winning that final game and becoming United States Gold Medal Champions was mind-blowing! My entire team piled on top of each other and shared the joy of winning that first gold medal. We were tired, sore, bruised, and emotionally drained—but at that moment we embraced each other completely and were so proud of what we had accomplished. It is almost impossible to put this feeling into words. The bond that was formed between us that year was one that continues to this very day.
“Another great memory: During the 2009 gold-medal win, our team formed a human dogpile at the center of the field and lay there feeling the loud drums and watching the fans chanting ‘USA! USA! USA!’ It was amazing and brought tears to my eyes without being able to hold them back. This USA team has got a great spirit (and our dance moves are too bad either!). Ah, memories!
"I want to do more great things and continue having an impact on young children—letting them learn how important it is to achieve well-being—get healthful exercise while achieving their personal goals and never stop learning!!" She has already posted numerous vlogs about P.E. online, but hopes to produce books "relating to my multi-tasks of teaching in P.E. with academic cores and most importantly, to include the Six Pillars of the Character Counts Program [trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring, fairness] .One of her ambitions is to establish a national soccer camp for Deaf girls.
Aside from soccer, Anders’s favorite sports are swimming, cross country, and Ironman Triathlon.
For relaxation: “To lie face-down on hot sand without a towel. As long as there’s sun pouring down, I love to take naps on the hot sand, and then dip into the cool ocean, fresh lake, or river. It’s my favorite way to relax. I don’t get to do this often enough, but it is something that I can look forward after long year of a hectic non-stop schedule.”