Connie L. Blakemore
Dr. Connie L. Blakemore joined BYU’s College of Physical Education faculty in 1978, after 15 years of experience in the California public school system. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and her master’s degree from BYU, both in physical education, and her EdD in curriculum and instruction from Temple University. Her background as teacher, coach, and high school department chair equipped her to work in BYU’s teacher preparation program. She specialized in teaching methodology, team sports, and swimming. Her research emphasis was in mastery learning and fitness testing.
A Salt Lake City native, Professor Blakemore has traveled extensively. She lived in Beijing, China, during 1992–93 teaching English to Chinese students training to be police officers. She has hosted two students from Mainland China in her home.
In addition to fulfilling numerous state and national professional leadership roles, Sister Blakemore has been generous in her service to state and Church social programs. She has been a volunteer worker for the Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Big Brothers of America, the Women and Children’s Abuse Center, and she served on the Scera Theater Board. She has served the Church as a teacher, sports director, camp director, speech director, regional leader in the Single Adults Program, Relief Society president, Primary president, and Young Women president.
An avid golfer, biker, and walker, Dr. Blakemore fosters a great love for the outdoors and the beauties of nature. Her travels have included visits to Europe, Mexico, Greece, and the Holy Land.