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Donna Moore

Name: Donna Moore

School and subjects taught: Julia Randall Elementary School — physical education.

College degree and major: Bachelor’s in physical education from Arizona State University; master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Years teaching: 27 years.

Why do you teach? I teach physical education because I love to see the excitement in students’ eyes as they learn new activities, which will keep them physically fit for a lifetime. An overwhelming sense of accomplishment is felt when I see former students and they tell me how a physical activity they learned in my class has positively impacted their lives.

Personal motto/words of wisdom: “If You Love What You Do, You’ll Never Work A Day In Your Life.”

Family: My husband of 27 years Mike, a 22-year-old son, Michael Jr., and a 21-year-old daughter, Brittany. My mom, Gloria Shannon, recently moved to Payson.

Pet peeve: People who are too lazy to put their Walmart baskets back in the basket cart!

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I enjoy spending time with my family camping, hiking and watching my favorite show, “The Amazing Race.”

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Rosa Parks. She had a lasting impact on breaking many barriers for black people, she also brought to the forefront the importance of each person being judged for their own individual qualities.

Why Payson? We always came to Payson for the Tim Van Horn Wrestling Tournament. My husband, son and daughter love to hunt and we all enjoy the outdoors. We thought this would be the perfect small, rural community to eventually retire.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Rachel Rulmyr and Mrs. Sandy Mike — both physical education teachers. Mrs. Rulmyr was my gymnastic coach and Mrs. Mike was my volleyball coach. They both took a personal interest in me as a person. To this day, I still receive Christmas cards from both of them.

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