Degrees and Certifications:

Health & Physical Education - East Stroudsburg University Health Education - East Stoudsburg University Masters degree in Instructional Technology - Misericordia University Certificate in Online Education - Wilkes University Certified CPR, First Aid, & AED -American Red Cross

Mr. Kotansky

Welcome to 4th Grade Health & Physical Education Web Page!

Students are expected to bring a pencil along with a single subject notebook.

Students will explore the various systems of the human body, learn about nutrition, engage in various forms of exercise,  and learn about possible effects of drugs and alcohol use/abuse.

Health & Physical Education classes only meet once a week, so it's very important for students to stay up to date on any materials they may have missed.  Most often, assignments are given in class. Many of the assignments can be found on Microsoft Teams and this year we will be using our digital notebook to help with studying when needed. 


Mr. Kotansky was born and raised in the Hazleton Area. Mr. Kotansky is in his 9th year of teaching for the Hazleton Area School District. Prior to teaching, he worked for 19 years at the Hazleton YMCA YWCA as a Youth Director and CEO.  He has coached various sports for both boys and girls and has worked in several booster clubs as president. 

Mr. Kotansky earned his Bachelor's Degree from East Stroudsburg University in K12 Health & Physical Education.  He is dual certified to teach both Health and Physical Education. He is also a graduate from Misercorida, with a Masters in Instructional Technology and Wilkes University with a Masters in Online Instruction.  He hopes to expand the use of technology at a higher level in and out of the classroom, making it easy to learn both in person and online. 

Mr. Kotansky worked with the Hazleton YMCA YWCA for 19 years. During that time, he taught boys and girls ages 4 to 12 various sports skills. He is also a graduate of Leadership Hazleton and has received extensive training from the YMCA of USA working with children of all ages.

Mr. Kotansky's favorite memories is the birth of his daughter Madison. He most enjoys the experiences of being a dad, a coach, and a teacher. He has always loved being a mentor to the children in our community.  Hobbies include: camping, hiking, biking, spending time with his family, teaching students, playing basketball, and watching sports on the weekends.