Deb Rummel

Posted: September, 26, 2016 - 3:36pm

Deb Rummel

Antioch Community High School

Visitors to Antioch Community High School might notice that each hallway bears a street sign dedicated to a particular teacher who helped to shape the Sequoit experience. As part of an ongoing series of stories honoring these exemplary teachers, our first look is at Rummel Way, found in the PE hallway.

Deb Rummel started at Antioch Community High School in 1982 teaching Physical Education and Health. Throughout her career, Deb was an active member of the state and national physical education associations (IAHPERD and AAHPERD). Deb presented with Carla Thompson at numerous conventions across the country to represent ACHS and talk about the amazing Physical Education and Health curriculum they taught. She was an officer for IAHPERD helping advocate for PE at the state level. Deb received the honor of NASPE Teacher of the Year in 2000. 

After teaching for nineteen years Deb became the Department Chair where she led her department to continue to push fitness in their classes. During her ten years as Department Chair, she worked to create many facility improvements, which included developing plans for a new gym, redesigning space for a cardio/weight room, renovating the women’s locker room, and updating the weight room and dance room. Deb believed that if she surrounded herself with the right people in her department, they could work together to keep developing the curriculum. With passion for fitness, she found ways to encourage and empower staff and students to improve their overall health. One her greatest contributions to ACHS Physical Education was implementing a fitness-based curriculum and program.

Deb believed that Physical Education should be one of the core classes. Therefore, she pushed the importance of reading and writing and incorporated in into the PE curriculum. Deb taught Fit for Life up until the day she retired. With her energy and enthusiasm for fitness, you could see her leading her classes in Jazzercise, step, and weight strengthening workouts. She continued to model the importance of nutrition and exercise throughout her entire teaching career. 

Upon retirement, Deb took her skills and knowledge to the college level where she became a professor at Carthage College. She continues to bring her students to Antioch Community High School to show them a “solid PE program” for which she laid the foundation. Deb was a devoted Sequoit for twenty-nine years and her nickname, “Speedy” will never be forgotten by those around her. 

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