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Deborah Benedict

Deborah Benedict (AZ '98)


At the time of the Award, Deborah Benedict was:

Teacher/Department Chair
Desert Vista High School
Phoenix, AZ

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 11


Biographical Information

Retiring two years ago as the Assistant Principal of Academics at Corona del Sol High School, Deborah (Deb) received a Lifetime Achievement Award and moved to San Pedro, California.  Deborah served as the original English Department Chair at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix where she created the English Department, Site Base Team, and the AdvancED accreditation programs. She took a team approach to developing a common vision for the department. Among her innovations was an integrated American Studies program that combines history and literature, and a three-year oral history project in which her honors students interviewed seniors from the local community, and published their findings in book form. For Deb's Victorian Life project, students researched the connections between an author's literary work and the society and culture in which it was written. The resulting video presentation won Deb a Creative Teacher Award. Deb completed her second Master's in Educational Leadership. During her last two years at Desert Vista, Deb's students created a webpage for their research project,  She enjoyed working as a Team Lead for AdvancED where she had the opportunity to lead the accreditation process for a number of schools.

Additional Information


1979 University of Arizona, B.A.

Arizona State University, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Northern Arizona University, Master's in Educational Leadership