Physical Education

Summit School of Ahwatukee has a dynamic elementary physical education program. The physical education program is developmentally based, widely researched and field tested physical education curriculum that focuses on health-related physical education for children.  Dynamic physical education curriculum aligns not only with our national and states standards for physical activity, but also provides academic integration to support the overall outcomes of an elementary school program.

Kindergarten through second grade Physical Education and Wellness at Summit follows closely with the Dynamic Physical Education Curriculum, created By Dr. Robert Pangrazi of Arizona State University, which is widely recognized throughout the world. The program has four distinct sections to each class: an instant/introductory activity followed by a fitness component and a sport and/or motor lesson that is then followed by a game. Other nationally-recognized components include AAHPERD’s Physical Best curriculum, the Cooper Institute’s Fitnessgram/ Activitygram, and Project Adventure.

Third through fifth grade Physical Education and Wellness models our Sport Education Curriculum which blends nicely with the Arizona State Common Core Standards. Sport Education focuses on building teamwork through activity. Students are responsible for many aspects of the sport season, taking on roles such as coach, manager, team trainer, line judge, referee, and scorekeeper. The Sport Education Curriculum was co-written by Dr. Hans Van der mars of Arizona State University.

Middle School incorporates “Fitness for Life” as an integral part of the wellness aspect of physical education classes, teaching students that there are many ways to get and stay healthy and active. Fitness for Life was developed by Ahwatukee’s own Dr. Charles Corbin, also from Arizona State.

Get to Know - Physical Education Faculty

Kathy Dean

Physical Education and Wellness Specialist
Physical Education, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Physical Education Elective, Sixth through Eighth Grade

Kathy Dean attended Indiana University and Indiana State University, earning a BA degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance and music education. She has a Master’s degree from Indiana State in Exercise Physiology. Mrs. Dean is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine, and earned an
Exercise is Medicine Certification Level 2.

Under Mrs. Dean’s leadership, Summit’s Physical Education curriculum and before school running club was named one of top schools in the United States for the “Let’s Move in School” program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama. This designation was earned in 2011 and again in 2015!  In October of 2013 Mrs. Dean became one of the first Physical Activity Leader Trainers for the Let’s Move Active Schools Programs.

In 2014 the Arizona Department of Education invited Mrs. Dean to serve on a committee tasked with re-writing Arizona’s physical education and wellness  standards for kindergarten – 12th grade curriculum. The committee elected to add sun and water safety into Arizona’s teaching standards.

She was also recognized in 2011 for her achievement in helping improve school wellness by serving as a Fuel Up and Play 60 program adviser. This program is sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

She is also the former president of the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AzAHPERD), and served on several committees including Action for Healthy Kids and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Recently, Mrs. Dean earned the Active Learning Specialist certification from Harrisburg University and became a National “PALS”, Physical Activity Leader Specialist, Train the Trainer, from SHAPE America.

Her mantra for physical education and wellness is “Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function”, Dr. John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School.”