Peter Camacho has been teaching at IDEA since 2018, having begun his teaching career in 2008. He tells his students that PE is the most important subject they will take in high school because good physical fitness and health are essential for life. He shows them how the skills they learn in PE, such as joining and building a team, playing sports, and related social skills, will serve them well throughout their lives. He thinks of physical education as a buffet, where students can try everything at least once to find activities they enjoy and will continue. His mantra is "Your health is your wealth."
Before coming to IDEA, Mr. Camacho taught physical education and health and graphic design and served as the athletic director at Washington Mathematics, Science, and Technology Public Charter High School.
He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in athletic administration. He has a Bachelor of Education in physical education from Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina. While at Elizabeth City, he played baseball for two years and was nationally ranked in the NCAA. He was also an assistant coach while in college. Before transferring to Elizabeth City, he attended Essex Community College, Baltimore, Maryland, and played baseball there for two seasons. He played baseball (first base and catcher) during all four years of high school at Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx, where he is from originally.
Mr. Camacho is the father of two and still plays baseball in a men’s league in Arundel County. He also owns Bearded Kingz, a clothing line that aims to change the way we talk about and to ourselves and each other.