Fort Collins, Colorado , United States
|| February 21, 1960
Dec 01, 2012 07:53pm
African - Italian -
|Info||Angie Paccione, former USA women’s basketball team member and professional athlete, first gained national attention as one of the youngest athletes competing for a position on the 1976 Women’s Olympic Basketball Team. One year later, as a high school junior, Angie was a member of the 1977 USA National Select Team that traveled to Taiwan R.O.C. to represent the USA in international competition. A consensus All-American high school basketball player, Angie took her talents from the playgrounds of New York City to Stanford University as one of the first women to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. A true scholar-athlete, Angie graduated from Stanford with an honors degree in Political Science. |
During her years at Stanford and in the years following, Angie participated in humanitarian expeditions to Eastern and Western Europe with Christian basketball teams. The yearly trips lasted six-weeks each and took Angie to the former Soviet Union, Poland, Italy, Germany, and many other countries. In all, Angie’s travels have taken her to 17 foreign countries and all 50 U.S. states. A bi-racial woman (Black and Italian), Angie has always been interested in cultural diversity and international affairs. While becoming undoubtedly one of the finest athletes in the country, Angie continued to be motivated to make a difference in the world through her work with the country’s youth. She has been a volunteer for numerous civic organizations including Big Brother/Big Sister, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way.
When the pioneering women’s professional basketball league, the WABA, ended its first and final season, Angie decided to end her athletic career. She moved to Colorado in 1985 and focused her energies first on working with troubled youth at a residential childcare facility, then on becoming a high school teacher. A recipient of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Future Teacher Award, Angie began her new career at Smoky Hill High School in Colorado’s Cherry Creek School District. It wasn’t long before Angie’s leadership skills were recognized and utilized by the school administration.
As a Dean of Students, Angie was responsible for school safety in the second largest high school in Colorado. Her ability to work with groups who were at odds with each other and to reason with students who were misbehaving earned Angie the reputation as an outstanding school leader. During four of her eight years at Smoky Hill HS, Angie was also the first and only woman in the history of Colorado sports to coach a boy’s team at the large school classification. Her success as boy’s varsity basketball coach was touted in all of the media outlets in Denver.
In 1995, Angie was recruited to become the Teacher-Scholar for Project Promise, an award-winning graduate program in teacher preparation at Colorado State University (CSU). Designated a Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Project Promise is nationally recognized as an exemplary program for post-bachelor teacher education. Angie’s eight years with Project Promise allowed her to be in the trenches with classroom teachers and student teachers. After earning her Ph.D. in Education, Angie stayed on at CSU as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Diversity. Until her decision to run for Congress, Angie was a Research Associate with the Interwest Equity Assistance Center in the School of Education at CSU. In this capacity she trained teachers in the Interwest region (CO, WY, MT, UT, SD, ND) to provide instruction that is equitable along the dimensions of race, gender, and second language learning. Angie is currently teaching a graduate class in the CSU School of Education.
Throughout her ten years in Fort Collins, Angie’s leadership skills have again been recognized and utilized. Angie has served on a number of boards of directors of local non-profit organizations and has been active in a variety of local charities. She continues to build bridges across differences in race, gender, socio-economic class, religion, and political party. Angie was elected by popular vote to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 2002 and again in 2004. Demonstrating effective leadership uncanny for a freshman legislator, in her first term Representative Paccione was successful in passing legislation that increases opportunities for youth, businesses, seniors, educators, and the most vulnerable in our community. She continues to fight for greater access to health care, job growth and training, consumer and environmental protections, public education, and less invasive government.