I am an Arizona native. My education began at Saguaro Elementary and then Moon Valley High School, graduating in 1981. After high school I started in the construction industry, which continued for several years. Eventually, I became a self-employed roofing contractor and completed all of my contracts successfully.

Over time I began to contemplate my life. Specifically, how would I look back on my life when it was all said and done? I asked myself the question, “If a happy successful life is more about the journey; what could I do to serve a better purpose?”. Contrary to popular American culture, I knew it wasn't about acquiring as many toys as possible, and retiring early.

After much thought, I decided to sell my company and return to school to earn a degree as an educator. I picked up my books and started back to school at Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College. By 1997, I had completed an Associates of Fine Arts Degree. I was accepted to Arizona State University West and graduated Suma Cum Laude from the College of Education in May of 1999. My area of specialization was Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Fine Arts.

Immediately following graduation, I accepted a position with Pendergast School District, teaching a 1st grade class at Villa de Paz Elementary School.

In the spring of 2001, I decided the time had come to organize my approach to professional improvement. I was accepted into the Masters in Education Degree Program with an emphasis in Educational Technology at ASU West. By the Spring of 2004, I had completed the Masters Program and graduated.

After 9 years great years of teaching at Villa de Paz Elementary I moved to  Garden Lakes Elementary School in 2008, still in the Pendergast School District

I feel very lucky to work at an such an AWESOME place. From the very first day I walked on the campus, I noticed there was something very special there.  I have since realized it is because of the high level of parent involvement, a great teaching staff, and an amazing administration.

The Present  The summer seems to have flown by and I'm excited to meet my new class of little learners. It's going to be an Amazing year! The 15/16-year will be my seventeenth year of teaching in the Pendergast School District.    As each year ticks by,  I continue to feel blessed to work with such an amazing staff here at Garden Lakes. This will be our first year without our AMAZING Principal, Dr. Waltman.  By far the most influential leader I have had the pleasure of working with.  I hope he enjoys his well earned Retirement! 

Some of my Favorite things:

Favorite Childrens Author: Dav Pilkey
Favorite Adult Text Author: Scott Peck

Favorite color:  Blue

Favorite drink:  Ice Tea

Favorite book:  The Road Less Traveled

Favorite children's book:  Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Favorite Food: Any type of pasta, Mexican food, and Pizza
Favorite Activity / Sport: Triathlon
Favorite Girl: My beautiful wife Mimi


Mr. Duzan's 2nd Grade Class Picture 

Im the second one from the left on the first row. Click here to see larger view