Company/Organization/Educational Entity: Gerstung International
Bio: Siegfried Gerstung is a native of Munich Germany with degrees in Physical Education from the University of Munich, Art Education from the Arts and Crafts Institute of Munich and Rhythmic Education from the Stuttgart Conservatory, came to this country as a Ski-Instructor, in 1963. One year later he started the Gerstung School and Summer Camp that taught classes in Gymnastics, Movement Education and dance. With specialists from 5 different countries on the staff, the Gerstung Method of "Learning Through Movement" was developed and Gerstung International Sport Education Inc. became an institution.
With both European and American influence he developed award winning programs and a methodology for preschool and elementary students. They were designed to turn young students into better learners. Adding a 3rd dimension to Movement Education, he designed over 60 pieces of colorful climbing equipment and products that teach body awareness, problem solving, encourage creativity, promote self discovery and decision making in children. He has taught and lectured in schools, Universities, at conventions and conducted in service programs for physical educators across the US. Many school systems in the East and Midwest have adopted his methodology and use the Gerstung equipment in their curriculum.