East Valley schools teacher Vanessa Lopez Delgado dies of COVID at 42

Vanessa Lopez Delgado Death -Cause Of Death: Graphic Design Teacher at Seton and longtime East Valley schools teacher Vanessa Lopez Delgado has passed away on Thursday 9th December 2021 at the age of 42 after complications from COVID and pneumonia.

Vanessa Lopez Delgado was a great teacher who taught in the East Valley schools for about 20 years. She was born in the year 1979. According to a statement from the GoFundMe page that was created to help raise money for her funeral arrangement says ” She is currently the Dance Department Director and Fine Arts Chair at Seton Catholic Preparatory. Prior to joining Seton, Vanessa taught high school English for Gilbert Public Schools and Tempe High School District. She has 20 years of experience as Adjunct Faculty in the Dance Department for Maricopa Community Colleges.”

Vanessa was supportive of her co-workers and respectful of those in leadership. She routinely receives glowing reviews from colleagues, administration, community partners, and students. She meets deadlines, organizes schedules, constructs partnerships, recruits students, and drives programs. She was the Owner-operator at IdentiTEES Unlimited, a company that allows customers to put their designs in print. They offer screen print, embroidery, rhinestone, decal & banner services. She will be missed dearly.

Statements have been issued on social media by friends and family to pay tributes to Vanessa Lopez Delgado some of which are: Jeremy Rangel said “Vanessa Lopez Delgado was my teacher, my coach, my mentor, and my friend. You did A LOT for me both professionally and personally as I was coming up in my dance career. You took a chance on me when no one else did. You made me one damn good dancer and a damn good dance teacher and always encouraged me to try different things. Don’t ever stay in any box. I will forever be grateful to you.
I still can remember all of us in the studio like it was 15 years ago. I am going to miss seeing your hands move when you teach choreography. The way your hands stayed open the majority of the time while you teach with the occasional flat hand over the other hand pressed down in the center in front of you(slight signature move). The way your feet were planted yet still on the ball of your foot when you teach. I am going to miss you picking out what we were going to wear for each performance. I am going to miss you looking at your notes when you forgot your choreo. I am going to miss you looking over your shoulder at me and asking “What do you have for this part?”, which was basically your way of keeping me on my toes with teaching. (Always making me better.) I am going to miss that smile, that laugh, and that look of accomplishment when you looked at me and said to your self “I did that.”, and you were right. You made me the best dance teacher I could be. It was all because of you Vanessa. Please keep dancing up there, and when I get there promise me we will dance to ‘Party To Demascus’ by Wyclef. This was the very first song you taught when I took your summer hip hop class at Phoenix College for the first time. The day you changed the trajectory of my life. Rest in peace Vanessa. We are all going to miss you.

Madison Hisle said  “Today, we lost the best dance teacher anyone can imagine having!! You’re such an amazing dance teacher and I enjoy the times that we had during HHC practice. Thank you for everything Rest in peace beautiful angel!You will be missed, Vanessa Lopez Delgado.”

Photo credit – School Personnel Lost To Covid

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