Throughout her career as a health and physical education educator, Pat Degon has led by example, modeling the highest standards of equity, access, design and implementation of curriculum, all while closely collaborating with colleagues, students, parents and staff. Pat focuses on empowering young people to take charge of their own wellness and physical fitness through the design of a carefully structured K-12 physical education and health program in Shrewsbury, Mass. She also works to engage the entire community in supporting its youth to develop skills and get the information they need to make safe, positive life choices.
Pat’s dedication to the physical health and wellness of students doesn’t stop at her impressive efforts in the Shrewsbury community; she is also a proven leader and advocate for all the nation’s students. For the past four years, she has been working with the American Heart Association, testifying on behalf of quality physical education legislation at the Massachusetts State House. She has also taken her advocacy leadership to the national level in Washington, D.C., serving as a spokesperson for the issue of quality of physical education for the FIT Kids Act.