Apryl Krakovsky is the founder and Chair of My School In Motion, Inc. Her passion for fitness and teaching, as well as her formal education and professional experience, naturally lent itself to the creation of My School In Motion in 2009. Ms. Krakovsky graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, where she also earned a Masters of Education and her K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She currently holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education as well. In addition, she attended Hastings College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Krakovsky enjoyed successful careers in both teaching and trademark law before life led her back to the schoolyard.
“Last picked” on the yard throughout her childhood, Ms. Krakovsky self-discovered the power of exercise in her early-20s, when she trained for her first marathon. To date, she has run four marathons, over a dozen half-marathons, and completed three triathlons. In 2008, she further challenged her mental and physical boundaries by climbing Mt. Olympus. Today, Ms. Krakovsky spends most of her personal movement time in the pool. In addition to swimming, she enjoys yoga, hiking and bicycling with her children.
In June 2004, after staying home to mother her three young children, Ms. Krakovsky found her way back to education and her passion working with children when her oldest child entered kindergarten at Overland Avenue Elementary School. She spent five years volunteering in the classroom, the school library, and teaching art appreciation. Her time and involvement at Overland would ultimately lead to the awareness that there was a great void in the area of Physical Education.
Inventing a physical activity solution for the Overland community, in the Fall of 2009, with all three of her children attending Overland, Ms Krakovsky launched OVERLAND IN MOTION, the first MY SCHOOL IN MOTION program. She has been on the schoolyard, teaching and inspiring the entire school community, every morning since.
Since it’s launch in 2009, Ms. Krakovsky and her My School In Motion program have received much attention and praise, including that from First Lady Michelle Obama who recognized Ms. Krakovsky as “a pioneer in creating active school environments.” The program won the 2010 Gold Medal Spotlight Award from the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports ($10,000 Award), was the West Regional Winner of the 2012 Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) Physical Activity Innovation Competition ($25,000 Award), and has been featured in the Let’s Move! Newsletter.
Unable to ignore the potential broad impact of the curriculum and model she created, since 2011, Ms. Krakovsky has dedicated her time to spreading best practices by speaking at key events, training teachers, and creating the materials and teaching resources necessary to allow new schools to replicate the My School in Motion program. In 2013, Ms. Krakovsky created My School In Motion, Inc., a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, with the hope that children across America, regardless of race and socio-economic status, will be given the opportunity to reap the benefits of a daily dose of exercise, wellness and learning at the beginning of their school day.