Monica Lepore is a professor who teaches Kinesiology and Special Education
majors at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Her profession, Adapted
Physical Education, strives to improve services for and increase awareness of,
the benefits of physical activity, including aquatics, for individuals with
disabilities. Currently she and her students and colleagues serve over 130
people with disabilities per week, ages 3-65, in three different adapted
physical activity programs.
Dr. Lepore studied Physical Education at the College of Mt. St. Vincent &
Manhattan College as an undergraduate and achieved her master's Degree in Adapted
Physical Education at University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. He Doctoral
Degree is in Leadership in Adapted Physical Education from New York University.
She has been an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and has taught
aquatics to people with disabilities for 20 years.
Dr. Lepore is currently the chairperson of the Adapted Aquatics Specialty of the
Aquatic Council within the American Association for Active Lifestyles and
Fitness (an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, and Dance). She trains individuals to conduct Teacher of Adapted
Aquatics and Teaching Assistant of Adapted Aquatics courses and monitors,
evaluates and oversees that credential. Her book Adapted Aquatics
Programming: A Professional Guide (written with G.W. Gayle and S.F. Stevens
and published by Human Kinetics) is a comprehensive resource for aquatic
professionals internationally. Dr. Lepore currently conducts two adapted
aquatic programs and teaches undergraduate students about the needs of
individuals with disabilities in a physical activity setting.
Dr. Lepore lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her 12-year-old daughter Maria and
enjoys running, swimming, rollerblading and many other sports.