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Deb Pangrazi has been an elementary physical education specialist for over 40 years serving as an elementary physical education teacher and as the Elementary Physical Education Department Program Coordinator. She has been recognized for her service earning: AZAHPE Elementary TOY, NASPE Southwest District TOY, President’s Council Community Leadership Award, Governor’s Council Award for Outstanding Leadership, AZHPE Administrator of the Year, American Heart Association Partner in Action Award, and The First Tee Student Impact Award.

The nationally recognized MPS Elementary Physical Education Program (EPE) is one of the largest in the nation, providing physical education instruction for over 34,000 children in grades K-6 and employs 80 elementary physical education specialists in the 56 MPS elementary schools. Under her direction, 54 elementary schools have been awarded Bronze or Silver Awards from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and are on the list of Americas’ Healthiest Schools. Mesa Public Schools’ EPE Program has earned numerous awards and grants: Governor’s Council Elementary PE Program Award, AZ School Board Association Golden Bell Award 1st Place K-6, President’s Council on Fitness & Sports President’s Active Lifestyle Award, ADE $98,488 PE Pilot Grant, Mayo Boeing $90,000 Comprehensive Healthy School Grant, and $51,000 Target Active Living Grant.


Deb brings the community into the schools and has developed lasting partnerships with numerous local, state and national organizations: 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, HOPSports, The American Heart Association,  Brunswick Lanes, and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. These partners have contributed materials, equipment, funding, and services to enhance the physical education experience for elementary students in Mesa Public Schools.


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 four-legged family members (both Labs), DLRR rescue, Violet, and new puppy Lily.


Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University

Master of Science from Arizona State University