As some of you may know Robert Giles, one of our personal trainers here at Rock Creek Sports Club is also a History teacher and football/baseball coach at John F. Kennedy High School. It comes to no surprise to us, that his students love him as much as his clients do, and he was recently awarded the Best & Brightest award from NAACP Montgomery County, Maryland Branch in recognition of your partnership and dedication to the students of Montgomery County,
“I was completely shocked and surprised,” Giles said. “My students wrote numerous letters on my behalf without me knowing, and my principal did as well.”
Giles said he has known he wanted to be a teacher since middle school – and became more inspired during high school thanks to two of his teachers whom he also wanted to recognize — Mr. Engram and Mr. Wolinski.
“I was always taught by mother how important education is and I just wanted to help anybody who wanted to learn,” he said.
Despite his busy schedule coaching and teaching at the high school, Giles also continues to pursue his other passion, fitness, here at Rock Creek Sports Club as a personal trainer. And though it may not seem like it at first, teaching and personal training actually have a lot in common he explained.
“In both careers you are teaching people,” Giles said. “[Students and clients] have to feel comfortable with you and feel that they are being pushed, but they also have someone to fall back to if they need it. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life and I loved working out and helping people get in better shape, so I figured I might as well make it a second career since I loved it so much.”
Congratulations on your award Robert!