About Ms. Arcenas

"Success is loving life and daring to live it." - Maya Angelou

On top of Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia
I BELIEVE that demonstrating my passion for learning ignites a passion within my students to learn...

"Your community is your life, so make it a good community" 
- Gwen, Grade 3 student at the American International School of Lusaka

This precept, or words to live by, became my Grade 3 class motto. Throughout the school year, we were able to grow and develop together as a group - celebrating each other's successes and learning from our mistakes. Taking risks became common practice in our classroom, and in doing so, we learned to persevere and continue to strive for our goals. It is my wish for our PE classes to become a community of learners as well. Each class will be an adventure in physical activity with every turn in our journey leading us along the path towards lifelong physical activity and health.

Celebrating diversity...be proud of who you are!

My love for cultures, health and physical activity has led me into education. Throughout my journey, the lessons learned have enriched my life both personally and professionally. Being ‘international’ has taught me to be open-minded and to welcome the differences that make our world unique. In doing so, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the culture from which I come from, learning to be proud of the characteristics that make me who I am. Celebrating diversity has become a way of life. 

Sunset in Livingstone, Zambia
Sunset in Livingstone, Zambia

“What makes you say that?”  

These simple, but powerful words, activate our minds to build explanations from what we see or know. Embracing change and flexibility in our thinking allows us to develop our understandings and teaches us to consider multiple perspectives. Learning to reflect and make meaningful connections within the PE setting will create a culture of thinking for active and healthy living!


  • Loves to eat
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Runs long distances
  • Been mocked charged by an elephant while on a canoeing safari
  • Shark cage dived in Cape Town, South Africa
  • What else would you like to know??
  • 1 comment:

    1. I am in shock!! I was searching the web for phys ed hubs and don't I see Ms. Arcenas class..."I remember a Claire Arcenas...wonder if is her...welllll I cant believe it!! You look awesome and still wondering the world and teaching. We need to catch up...finding you was a sign...I am also teaching phys ed but high school.
      You can email me at bryanvball@hotmail.com
      It's Bryan Pardatscher in case you wonder who it is...lol!!