Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science: Special Education K-12, Elementary K-8
Mrs. Pam Duarte
Hello and Welcome! My name is Pam Duarte and I am one of the Life Skills teachers here at Canyon del Oro High School. Although born in California, I was raised in Tucson and I'm a graduate of Canyon del Oro. I attended Northern Arizona University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education. I started teaching at Canyon del Oro in 1997. I married in 2003 on the lovely island of Jamaica and I have 2 boys. I enjoy spending my summers on-the-road! My family enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and biking.
Defining Moment in Education
From a very young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I looked up to all my teachers and enjoyed learning. When I was in the 5th grade, my teacher had a parent guest speaker come with her son and daughter. Her son had Downs Syndrome and the family shared what it was like to have a son/sibling with a developmental disability. From that moment I knew I wanted to teach students with special needs. The irony of meeting Peter when I was 10 is that 14 years later, he was a student in my Life Skills class at Canyon del Oro.
Classes I teach and involvement at CDO
Life Skills/Functional Academics - focus is on real-world life skills and community based instruction.
Peer Leader Program - focus is reverse mainstreaming - putting peers with and without disabilties together. If you are a student interested in being a peer leader, please contact me or your grade level counselor.
Dream Team Club - ...... For more information, click on the Dream Team Club page.
Special Olympics Unified Sports - focus is unifying students with and without disabilities, practicing and competing in a variety of sporting events. For more information, open the Special Olympics page.
Special Olympics Unified Cheerleading - focus is unifying students with and without disabilities, practicing, competing and community involvement.