About Mr. Kauk


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   Montana native Kirby Kauk received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from Western Montana College in Dillon (May '86). He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from Fresno State University (Dec. '90).  Upon his arrival to RHS in the fall of 1986, he was responsible for the creation and development of the sports medicine program at Reedley High. He continued to serve in this dual position of head athletic trainer and teacher until June of 2005.  Kauk has been a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) since June of 1986.  In June of 2001, Kauk was a presenter at the NATA's National Clinical Symposia in Los Angeles, CA.  The topic of the presentation was "Strategies for Improving Your Situation at the Secondary School Level".
     Even though he has "retired" from his after school head athletic trainer responsibilities, he has continued to teach Sports Medicine, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology classes in the science department. Kauk has maintained his involvement with the after school sports medicine program by continuing to mentor and advise students involved in the Sports Medicine club. He continues to teach the PE20: Athletic Training course at Reedley College during the spring semesters.
 
He and his wife, Kathi, have three children (all RHS graduates and all married)...Cameron (Bri), Lindsay (Karl), and Emily, and four grandchildren...Parker, Carver, Brinley, Cambria, and Daylynne.  He enjoys spending time with family & friends, woodworking, exercise/fitness, being outdoors, watching the D-backs, Saints, and Seahawks with their dogs Brutus and Helga, and cooking up goodies on his Traeger grill.  

 

    
         

     

  

  

                                                                                                                                  
         
      

 

HONORS / AWARDS

 +  Kings Canyon Unified School District “High School Teacher of the Year” Award (2015)

 +  Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association’s “High School Athletic Trainer of the Year” (April 2002)
        ( California, Nevada, and Hawai'i )

 +  Speaker at the NATA’s National Annual Meeting & Symposia (June 2001)

+  Kings Canyon Unified School District “High School Teacher of the Year” Award (1997)

+  Who’s Who Among Teachers in American High Schools and Universities (1995-98, 2002, 2006, 2008)

+  NATA National Undergraduate Scholarship Award Sponsored by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society  (1985)

+  Frontier Conference (NAIA) All-Academic Football Teams (1983 and 1984)

+  Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (1984-86)

+  RHS Principal's Award - Influencing Student Careers  (1994)

+  RHS Principal's Award - Innovation in the Classroom (1995)

  + Winner of the national Gatorade "Sweat it out!" essay contest - July 1996

  + RHS Principal's Award: Authentic Assessment - January 1997

  +RHS Principal's Award: Teaching Technology - April 1997 


OTHER SPECIFIC SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  +  Adjunct Faculty Member at Reedley College – “PE20: Athletic Training” (1996, 2003, 2010 - 2012, 2015)

            +  CLAD Credential – Cross-cultural  Language and Academic Development Certification

            +  Student in the UC Davis School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program (Summer 2005)

            +  Certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (1986-present)

            +  Science Department Data Team Leader (2008 – 2012)

            +  Department Chair- Reedley High School Science Department (2003-04)

            +  California Single-Subject Teaching Credential…Physical Education and Biology

            +  Clinical Site Instructor for Fresno State University’s Athletic Training Curriculum Program

            +  Contributing participant for the NATA National High School Sports Injury Registry (1994-97)

            +  Athletic Trainer for the 2002 NorCal Championship Football Game (Reedley College vs Fresno City)

            +  Manuscript Reviewer of Sports Medicine text for Delmar Learning (Dec 2002)

            +  Therapeutic Exercise Instructor at Reedley Physical Therapy (Spring 2002)

            +  American Heart Association Professional Provider CPR certification - Current

            +  Designed, proposed, and solicited funding for construction of the Athletic Training Facility

                at Reedley High School (2001-02)

            +  Developed, proposed, and implemented a high school level Sports Medicine curriculum

            +  Computer / multi-media applications in classroom  settings.

            +  CSU-Fresno Research Symposium presentation entitled "Prevalence of Burnout

                          Among Certified Athletic Trainers Employed in California High Schools" (1990)

            +  Pirate Athletic Foundation Board member and officer - four years

            +  Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association

            +  WASC Accreditation:  Chair of Science and Student Committees (1992-93)

 

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