By Steve Svetovich
Fitness is the name of the game for Dunmore School District health and physical education teacher Gianna Muracco.
Daughter of Joe and Jean Muracco, Dunmore, Gianna, 34, competes in multiple half marathons and numerous triathlons which she wins or places in her age group almost every time.
Last year Gianna was voted best Zumba instructor in Northeast PA through a public vote in the Scranton Times-Tribune.
She is currently a local Zumba instructor and cycling instructor.,
Gianna is head girls’ varsity track coach for the Dunmore Lady Bucks. She teaches health and physical education at Dunmore Elementary School for grades kindergarten through sixth and health education to the seventh grade in the school district.
As a student at Dunmore, she was a member of the track and field team, both as a runner and javelin thrower. She was also a member of the swimming team. She made districts in both sports all four years.
She has been a Zumba instructor for 13 years and cycling instructor for nine years.
The Dunmore graduate received a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Marywood University in 2011. She received a master’s degree in secondary education K-12 from Marywood in 2013.
Gianna also teaches hot yoga and strength training. She started teaching cycling nine years ago at Studio LA and now at E Mobile Gym, Dunmore.
“I love being a school teacher,” she said. “It’s inspiring. I’m very passionate about it. I tell kids they can do anything. You can do a lot of things well. You don’t have to be great at everything. You just start with little steps and little goals. I can teach Zumba in school and the students connect with it.
“It’s a roller coaster ride. I believe in building both mental and physical strength. You need determination in life.”
Gianna made nationals twice in her age group in triathlons which she started competing in beginning in 2017. She also competes in sprint triathlons,
Gianna said she lives her life with fitness as her mantra. “I believe in determination and building strength and endurance. I try to get better and faster. I am super competitive. Running relieves stress and keeps you in shape mentally and physically. It has come naturally to me. I try to push myself beyond my limits and build up endurance.”
Confident and highly energetic, Gianna said she has been a member of Scranton Ballet Theatre since age four.
“I’ve been dancing my whole life,” she said.
Gianna’s strong beliefs in fitness help her see the world. As a Zumba instructor, she has traveled the world teaching. She has taught Zumba for audiences of as many 500 people.
“I travel the world doing events,” she said. “I have the time in the summer months when not teaching in school. I love teaching Zumba. I love Latin music. I just love the beats and different cultures and backgrounds.
“Zumba has made me a more multi-cultural person. Now I have multiple diversities.”
Gianna most recently placed first in a triathlon in Hazleton. She placed sixth in her age group recently in Lancaster. She places in the top five percent of all the half marathons she competes in. She ran in several 5K marathons and placed in all of them.
Gianna has been the Dunmore girls’ track and field coach for the past five years after serving four years as an assistant.
If you meet Gianna when she is not teaching, it will most likely be during or after a workout. “I love working out,” she said.
“I work out all the time.”