Office: KHS 255
Telephone: (657) 278-8540
KNES 240; KNES 242; KNES 386; KNES 558
Risto was born and raised in Finland, he spent his adolescent years in Southern California and earned a scholarship to wrestle for Cal State Fullerton, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the KHS department with a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a minor in Kinesiology. Risto signed up to be a graduate assistant coach for the wrestling team and got his Masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology. After getting his Master’s degree Risto taught in the KHS department as an adjunct lecturer and was the head assistant wrestling coach until the University dropped the wrestling program in 2011. Risto then went to Columbia University’s Teachers College to get his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education. While in New York Risto taught physical education in a public elementary school in Central Harlem and worked with an after-school program in East Harlem. Risto’s research revolves around working with students in after-school physical education programs in urban, underserved areas in New York, the integration of academic subjects into physical education classes, as well as research on student attitudes and physical activity levels in physical education. During his free-time Risto enjoys spearfishing, traveling, and jiu-jitsu.
Curriculum, After-school education, physical education, integration, physical activity levels, attitude, research on teaching in physical education
REACH After School education program