Deana Garza has been named the High School P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) for excellence in education.
| Garza is honored at the state level after teaching for 25 years in the district.
South Houston High P.E. teacher Deana Garza has been named the 2016 High School P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD
Garza was chosen for the recognition from over 5,000 eligible association members across the state for her talent, contributions and leadership in education.
This is the first time in her 25 years as a member of the association that she will be honored.
“I am truly humbled by this recognition,” Garza said. “I’ve had great coaches and mentors who have influenced me every step of the way. It is because of them that I am receiving this award.”
A product of Pasadena ISD schools, Garza attended Queens Intermediate and graduated from Pasadena High School, where she discovered her passion for teaching.
“Some people may not be lucky enough to know their purpose in life, but I always knew that I wanted to teach,” Garza said.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Houston in 1991, Garza returned to Queens to teach physical education. In 1994, she began teaching at South Houston High, where she continues making a difference in the lives of students.
“She does an amazing job of engaging students and teaching them skills that will enhance their chances of living longer, healthier and productive lives,” said Pam Tevis, Pasadena ISD health and P.E. coordinator. “Deana is a shining example of Dr. DeeAnn Powell’s [Pasadena ISD school superintendent] ‘Passion, Pride and Purpose’ theme this year because she truly models what an exemplary educator should be.”
Garza will be honored at the 93rd annual convention in Galveston at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Dec. 2.
Founded in 1923, TAHPERD is a not-for-profit professional association comprised of over 4,500 professionals and students from various fields including health education, physical education, recreation and dance.
Garza celebrates her accomplishment with coworkers. Pictured: Carole McAninch, SHHS secretary (left) and Garza.