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Ms. Deb Pangrazi has been an elementary physical education specialist for 42 years (25 as an elementary physical education teacher and 17 as the Elementary Physical Education Department Program Coordinator). For designing an exemplary elementary physical education program at Kerr Elementary in 1994, she received the Governor's Council Elementary Physical Education Program Award. Deb was selected as the AZAHPERD Arizona Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1996 and represented seven southwestern states as the AAHPERD/NASPE Southwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1997. She also received the Governor’s Council Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2004 as well as the 2009 Shade Foundation Leadership Award. In 2011, Deb was presented the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award and the Partner in Action Award from the American Heart Association. The First Tee National Golf Organization honored Deb in 2013 for enhancing students' healthy habits, core values and ethics through the game of golf. During the 2015-2016 school year, Deb received the AzAHPERD Administrator of the Year Award.
Deb is currently the Coordinator of Mesa Public Schools’ Elementary School Physical Education Program. The model program is one of the largest in the nation. The nationally recognized MPS Elementary Physical Education Program provides physical education instruction for over 34,000 children in grades K-6 and employs 78 elementary physical education specialists in the 56 MPS elementary schools. The program was recognized in 2004 by the Arizona School Boards Association as the First Place winner of the Golden Bell Award for all elementary schools. The Arizona Department of Education funded Deb's $97,488 grant application in 2008 to expand The Active and Healthy Schools Program at Guerrero Elementary School. In 2015, Deb earned the $90,000 Mayo Clinic Boeing Grant to create a Comprehensive Healthy School Environment at Whitman Elementary School. Deb's application for the Target Active Living Grant awarded $51,000 in 2018 for Irving Elementary's Active & Healthy School Environment.
Over the past 9 years, Deb has developed lasting partnerships with numerous local, state and national agencies. Each of these community partners has contributed materials and services to enhance the physical education experience for students in the Mesa Public School system. Special thanks to our friends at: AZ Health Zone CATCH Kids Club, AZ Coyotes, The First Tee National School Golf Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Snag Golf, The United States Tennis Association, The American Heart Association, HOPSports, Brunswick Lanes, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, The Shade Foundation and and The Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Together we have helped elementary students in MPS learn to live active and healthy lives.
Dr. Bob Pangrazi, Dr. Aaron Beighle, and Deb are co-authors of the text book, Promoting Physical Activity and Health in the Classroom.
Deb is the proud step-mom of two children, Chuck and Connie, six grandchildren, Matt, Elbe, Grace, Enrica, Elio and Eva, and two four-legged family members, Career Change Guide Dogs, Flagi and Aislin.
Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University
Master of Science from Arizona State University