Finola has been a physical education teacher in The Bay Shore School District for twenty-three years. Her dedicated and progressive teaching style has inspired thousands of students. She has started exciting units such as bicycle riding, golf, rollerblading and skateboarding. She has worked tirelessly to keep units such as dance, gymnastics and circus art alive in our district. She believes that by providing a variety of diverse and exciting units, children will eventually find something they love and discover joy through movement. Finola has sat on, chaired, and started many wellness initiatives on both a school building and district level. Some of these initiatives include, serving as the district's Wellness Coordinator, our school's Wellness Committee Chairperson, and a member of our Bay Shore Wellness Alliance. She has been an integral part of several grants including, the PEP Grant, General Mills Grant, Healthy Kids Award Grant, and several Suffolk Zone Mini Grants. She has served as a cooperating teacher is part of the district's mentor program helping to mold young professionals. She has been a major influence in projects ranging from playground design, to walking paths, to curriculum. Beyond her teaching day, she created and runs many after school clubs including, after school sports, walking club, circus club, and fitness fun-attics to name a few. She is a dedicated teacher who is passionate, hardworking and always inspiring to others. It is with great pleasure the Suffolk Zone recognizes Finola Schmidt as their 2016 Amazing Person.