Key elements of our success
Instructor / student ratio – Two teachers to a maximum of 10 children in each class
Environment – Universally Designed Equipment
Expertise – Our leadership are NJ State Certified teachers (read below)
Classes – Obstacle Course Training programs are the most effective method for developing enhanced fitness, personal movement creativity, and cooperative play
The IMC is not your average gym. We provide unique movement and fitness classes that integrate the best of obstacle course training (OTC) and our inclusive educational approach.
We know that when quality instruction embeds a child’s personal creativity that movement experiences last longer, occur with greater intensity, and are more easily shared with others. Sadly today, play is all or nothing. With kids moving further away from the joy of ‘natural play’, it is imperative that kids build their own personal compass to build confidence and feel pure joy.
Unfortunately too many children are finding themselves in technological and social isolation. Many are inadvertently missing key elements of childhood like group play, creativity and freedom. It is imperative for kids to work via movement on their personal compass to build confidence and mature with equal amounts of humanity and strength.
Our classes combine the essential elements of motor planning, core fitness, imaginary play, and cooperative team skills to create activities that are used to conquer challenges that result in skill and overall fitness enhancement. We also know that children need to gain a better understanding of the “fabric of play”. These skills include understanding the benefit of learning how to “be here” and “let it go”, celebrating personal attributes and achievement while at the same time being open to differences in others, and pushing oneself past initial failure so to build capacity.
Lastly, we believe that it is vital that people understand why our facility is named the Inclusive Movement Center. Simply put, Inclusive Movement experiences are ones that;
Allow individuals to gain an understanding of their total physical potential, and how that ability can connect to others who share in common interests.
Offer experiences that embed the very best motor development, cooperative play, and fitness training activities accessible in the community.
Promote an inside out approach to physical, cognitive and emotional growth.
Support the simple but powerful belief that movement should be for everyone, with everyone.
The IMC is lead by Matthew Schinelli (right side), one of the foremost experts on inclusive physical education, recreation, and motor development. His professional background includes a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Old Dominion University, and a Masters in Kinesiology (Adapted Physical Education) from The University of Virginia. 2018 marks his 25th year in this field; his experiences include serving as a consultant for Special Olympics New Jersey, Physical Education Teacher (Livingston Public Schools), adjunct faculty for Montclair State University, Director of the JCC MetroWest Special Needs Department, and member of The Phoenix Center Board of Directors.
The IMC is also lead by Assistant Director Robert Rinaldi (left side), a veteran professional in the Health and Physical Education field. His professional training includes a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science as well as Masters in Sports Management from Montclair State University. His background includes serving as movement specialist for The Phoenix Center, and Ridgewood Public Schools.
Our second Assistant Director Nick Salese (center) is a seasoned professional educator who specializes in special education (West Orange Public Schools). Nick holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay: School of Criminal Justice, a General Education certification from St. Peter’s University and Special Education certification from Kean University. As a lifelong athlete, Nick has competed in numerous sports, and has specialized training in both mountain biking and obstacle course training.
Luke Singer is a recent graduate of Montclair High School, and valuable member our of team. Luke believes in the “Power of Play” and the importance of teaching children how to be active and grow strong.