Pershing Physical Education and Athletics

Physical Education at Pershing
ortiz.jpgJoaquin Ortiz, PE Teacher and Department Chair, Girls Soccer and Cross Country Coach

brents.jpgLeisa Brents, Gymnastics Teacher, Asst. Softball Coach
I have been teaching in Houston ISD for 14 years. I started my career at Grady Middle School as a Science teacher, volleyball, basketball, and track coach. I moved to Pershing in 2005 to start the Pershing Softball program with Coach Burgan. I have taught PE and athletics for the past 8 years as well as coach volleyball and softball. I took over the gymnastics classes for the 2014-2015 school year. I attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and have a degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Life- Earth Science. In 2012, I graduated from Lamar University with a Master's Degree in Education Administration. In my spare time I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family and friends. I love Mexican food, watching volleyball, and watching Scandal on TV.

burgan.jpgDavid Burgan, PE Teacher, Athletics Director, Head 8th Grade Football Coach and Head Softball Coach
I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. I have been teaching at Pershing MS for 14 years. I was brought in from another school, along with Coach Brents, to start the softball program. I teach physical education, coach softball, and am one of the 8th grade football coaches. Also, I am currently the Athletic Director. With some of my former students now playing professional football, college football, college softball, professional basketball, college basketball, college volleyball, college track and field, college tennis, college lacrosse and many high school sports in and around the city, my job is very rewarding!

missing.pngMarissa Goudeau, Teacher and 8th Grade Volleyball and 7th Grade Track

missing.pngBenjamin Sifuentes,

Dave.jpgDave Snook,
I currently teach Physical Education, Swimming, and Rugby at Pershing. I graduated from The University of Houston with a Masters of Education in Sports Administration. I was a military dependent who moved every year until high school where I spent my sophomore through senior year in the Republic of Panama. I went to undergraduate school at Sam Houston State University where I founded the SHSU Rugby Team. When not teaching, I am a photographer for the Houston SaberCats pro rugby team.

01685.jpgTimothy Taft, PE Teacher, 8th Grade Boy's Basketball Coach and Track and Field Coach

Gabrielle.jpgGabrielle Williams, PE Teacher
I graduated from Alabama A&M University where I played college basketball. I teach Physical Education here at Pershing and I also coach girls basketball and girls track.