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Volunteer Spotlight

Fall 2016 Spotlight is on our Health/Wellness Co-Chairs Christie Chalberg and Vielka Reina

Tell us about yourself, family, and health/wellness background.

Vielka Reina is the mother of 3rd grader, Noemi, and ELELA 3 year old, Cristian. In her busy life, she co-owns and helps run Smart Choice Electric with her husband of 11 years, Dionisio. Both her and her husband immigrated to the United States from Panamá and have made Kirkwood their home for the past 6 years. She has been teaching Spanish for 13 years at The Westminster Schools, heads the diversity and inclusivity program at the Middle School and coached girls volleyball and soccer. Additionally, she is the High School Director of Odyssey, a summer enrichment program that many Drew students attend. Although she doesn’t have any health and wellness background, Vielka believes it to be an integral part of everyone’s lifestyle. During her free time, Vielka likes to travel and spend time with the family. She also believes in the benefits of sleep, as she takes a siesta everyday.


Christie Chalberg is the mother of a 2nd grader, Eli, Kindergartener, Owen, and ELELA 3 year old, Noah. She has lived in Kirkwood for 11 years and currently teaches Health and Outdoor Education at Renfroe Middle School. Prior to this she taught Science, Health and Physical Education for 13 years at The Westminster Schools. While at Westminster, she helped lead the Varsity Girls Soccer team to 2 State Championships, all while completing her Masters in Health Curriculum Design from Georgia State University. Prior to Atlanta, Christie completed an AmeriCorps year in San Antonio, TX, where she also met her, now husband, Toby, of 11 years.  When she is not running around/chasing, her 3 boys, you can find her cheering on the USA soccer teams and paddle boarding.


Working together on the committee has been especially easy for these two as they have worked together for many years and are also next door neighbors.


Why is this committee important for our PTA and school?

The goal of our committee is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of the Drew Charter School community by empowering people to promote and model positive attitude and behaviors through lifelong commitment to wellness.


What are some of the exciting activities we can expect from the Health/Wellness committee?

  • GA Safe Routes to School

    • Oct 5 - Walk to School Day - sold Healthy You, Healthy Drew glow in the dark wristbands

    • March 8 - poster contest

    • May 3 - Bike to School Day - Have a police office to register bikes, get free bicycle lights, bicycle bells,

  • Parent Coffee in both the EA, JA, and SA Academies featuring Health and Physical Education Curriculum offerings at the school

  • Blood drive in the Spring

  • Other fun healthy options during Teacher Appreciation Week (possibly yoga, zumba)

  • Look for possible babysitter and CPR classes being offered for interested HS and teachers/adults


What is one health/wellness tip you can recommend for busy parents and families?

Keep healthier snacks around for hungry mouths. At home, keep bananas, tangerines, apples, etc on the counter. Keep a small cooler in the car with healthy snacks and small bottles of water.

Christie Chalberg & Family

Vielka Reina & Family

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