Donna Moore received her Bachelor’s in physical education from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in educational leadership. She has taught physical education for 29 years, 6 years in Pima Unified Schools, 17 in Safford Unified and most recently, Payson Unified School District where she has taught for the last 6 years. Moore is a widely respected teacher and recently was named the 2010 Arizona Educational Foundation’s Ambassador for Excellence, one of 5 Teachers of the Year. In 2010 she was also named Gila County’s Teacher of the Year. Moore was instrumental in receiving the Federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant for 1.1 million-dollars to expand and develop Payson Unified School’s physical education program. She was honored in 2008 with one of 10 Healthy Body/Healthy Mind awards for the state of Arizona and is now one of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s 20 People to Watch. Moore has spent all of her adult life working to encourage kids to remain healthy and active, as she does today in her physical education classes at Julia Randall Elementary School.
In 2010, Moore was awarded the Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. The Arizona Teacher of the Year program is the only statewide program that spotlights the contributions of Arizona’s teachers. The program annually recognizes five exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th Grade public school teachers. Nominees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. They have a superior ability to help all students achieve.
“Today we are completely in a different society and school is so much more important to kids, if we can be that sole positive impact on kids, we can be the source that can change a child’s life,” says Moore. We invite you to learn more about Donna Moore and the work that she does.