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Name: Marami Abbadessa

School and subjects taught: Physical education at Frontier Elementary School.

College degree and major: Exercise science physical education and a master’s degree in elementary education.

Years teaching: Nine.

Why do you teach? I truly love to work with children and inspire them to try a variety of activities both in and out of P.E. class. I want to get students to see the meaning of things in relationship to themselves, that’s who it needs to matter to the most!

Personal motto/words of wisdom: I want to practice what I teach and be a good role model!

Family: I am married with three children. My husband, Joe, is a firefighter, Bailey is our 17-year-old son, Giavanna is our 9-year-old daughter, Caprietta is our 7-year-old daughter, and we have four Mastiff dogs.

Pet peeve: Littering.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: I love to read informational books and books that touch the heart and soul. I also am a downhill snow skier.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: John F. Kennedy has always stood out to me. His quote, “Ask not of what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country!” I admire this statement and think it says a lot. If we all do our part each and every day, we can make our world an even better place. We are too accustomed to getting and not doing enough giving. He had a great vision for our country and it is sad we lost him so early!

Why Payson? Our family moved to Payson to get out of the city, into some cooler air, and to enjoy the benefits of a small town.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was my middle school P.E. teacher. He had FUN instructing us, he was visibly exercising every day, he also coached many sports, and I appreciated that he acknowledged my efforts in being a team player for presenting me with a sportsmanship award in ninth-grade. I have always tried to do my best at being a team player with good sportsmanship!

What was your favorite subject in school and why? Well, I did love P.E., I was one of those kids that just needed to move around a lot, and I am still like that as an adult!

What was your favorite year in school and why? I really cannot say I had one favorite year; I loved school and I still do. I enjoy learning new information, especially about the human body, and new data about the brain and physical activity.

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