Deborah Anna Palermo

March 20, 1971July 12, 2021

Deborah passed away on July 12, 2021 at the age of 50 after a courageous 12 year battle with breast cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Deborah graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and began her teaching career with Clark County School District in 1998 as a bilingual teacher at Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School. After teaching for several years, she went on to become a school administrator in 2005. She served as school administrator for CCSD at Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School, Walter E. Jacobson Elementary School, Harvey N. Dondero Elementary School, Ollie Detwiler Elementary School, and her current position at Earl N. Jenkins Elementary School. Deborah opened Earl N. Jenkins Elementary School in 2019 and the school is a true testament to her passion, talent and dedication to her students, staff and community.

Deborah enjoyed reading, writing short stories and the arts- musicals, plays, and art exhibits. Traveling was what she enjoyed most. Planning a trip and the excitement of exploring new places around the world with friends and family.

Her tenacity for life did not come to an end with her passing. Her legacy will forever be remembered through her passion for educating and nurturing young children. Deborah’s love, quiet spirit and loyalty to family, friends and colleagues will always be remember.

Deborah is survived by life partner and spouse of 14 years, Rachelle Duggins-Tetlow; two teenage sons in which she loving spoiled and raised as her own, Andrew and Ethan Tetlow; her mother, Maria Angles Delgado-Palermo; and her brother, John Palermo.

Visitation July 23, 2021 1:00pm-5:00pm Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

Celebration of Life 1:00pm-3:00pm Palm Cheyenne Mortuary Reception Room

*Flowers are welcome; memorial contributions may be made to: The Public Education Foundation

Susan G. Komen Nevada


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, July 24, 2021


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Lushawn Threats

July 24, 2021

Palermo was a force. She saw the teacher in me before I was ready to allow myself to even dream. Last year I began my journey to becoming a teacher. She was one of the first to know. Next year when I receive my degree, Raven will be in my heart. Rest well, to an amazing woman who will never be forgotten.

Cristina Helguera Ricardo

July 23, 2021

Siempre te quise... eres mi única amiga....por siempre....

Tammie Carter

July 20, 2021

Thank you Deb for all of your dedication to education. You were a true inspiration to an upcoming administrator. Your smile and laughter brightened my day at Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School, Walter E. Jacobson Elementary School, and Harvey N. Dondero Elementary School.

You will be truly missed!

Dr. Tammie Carter

Jenn Milligan

July 19, 2021

I met Ms. Palermo in 2015 as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed "baby" teacher at Detwiler ES. For the first year, I was terrified of her...I literally said hello to her in a hallway that year and walked into a wall because I was so nervous. She saw and I could tell she wanted to bust up laughing. Slowly, over time I got to know her and was fortunate enough to develop a relationship with her and several other co-workers; the "Seal Team". She would let me come into her office and bug her all of the time and would also assign me little missions which were usually to play jokes on people (she never liked to be directly involved; very smart P). I can't even begin to explain all of the fun we had over the years, whether it was chasing a fake unicorn all over the school, finding the bathroom bandit, having an exorcism from Madame LaRue, or talking about the ghost who lives in the 4th/5th-grade hall at Jenkins. More seriously, she helped me to become the educator I am today. She encouraged me constantly and was someone I looked up to. Not only was Ms. Palermo a wonderful boss, but she was also a wonderful friend. In reading all of these messages on her page it is unreal that anyone could have so much of an impact on people as she did...but that was her. She will be forever missed, but not forgotten. She is with all of us in our hearts and minds.


July 19, 2021

I will always be full of gratitude to Deborah for her support and kindness when I took over as principal of Detwiler ES. She was thoughtful and eager to ensure that there was a smooth transition of leadership. She will forever be missed and appreciated by the entire Detwiler community for her passion and commitment to student achievement and excellence. Praying for peace and everlasting comfort for all who loved her in the days and months ahead. R.I.P. Deborah.

Cristina Helguera Ricardo

July 19, 2021

Te quiero.... amiga

John Palermo

July 18, 2021

Traduje al español el texto del obituario:

Deborah falleció el 12 de julio de 2021 a la edad de 50 años después de una valiente batalla de 12 años contra el cáncer de mama, rodeada de seres queridos que continuarán honrando su legado viviendo sus vidas al máximo.

Deborah se graduó de la Universidad de Nevada, Las Vegas y comenzó su carrera docente con el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark en 1998 como maestra bilingüe en la escuela primaria Ruby S. Thomas. Después de enseñar durante varios años, se convirtió en directora de la escuela en 2005. Servio como directora de la escuela primaria Herbert A. Derfelt, la escuela primaria Walter E. Jacobson, la escuela primaria Harvey N. Dondero, la escuela primaria Ollie Detwiler y su posición actual en la escuela primaria Earl N. Jenkins. Deborah abrió la escuela primaria Earl N. Jenkins en 2019 y la escuela es un verdadero testimonio de su pasión, talento y dedicación a sus estudiantes, y comunidad.

Deborah disfrutaba leyendo, escribiendo cuentos y disfrutaba de obras de teatro y exposiciones de arte. Viajar era lo que más disfrutaba. La planificación de un viaje y la emoción de explorar nuevos lugares en todo el mundo con amigos y familia.

Su tenacidad por la vida no llegó a su fin con su fallecimiento. Su legado siempre será recordado a través de su pasión por educar y nutrir a los niños pequeños. El amor, el espíritu tranquilo y la lealtad de Deborah a la familia, amigos y colegas no serán olvidados.

A Deborah le sobreviven su compañera de vida y esposa de 14 años, Rachelle Duggins-Tetlow; dos hijos adolescentes a los que ella amorosamente mimó y crió , Andrew y Ethan Tetlow; su madre, María Angeles Palermo; y su hermano, John Palermo.

Joelle Mills

July 17, 2021

I was fortunate to know Deb through CCSD. She was always a good friend and colleague, and beautiful inside and out. When I was appointed to a Principal position, she was so helpful and encouraging. I always enjoyed going to dinner with her, Rachelle, David, and Darren. Deb was dedicated and hard working, always willing to help out her colleagues and friends. She will be missed by so many, and never forgotten.

Susan Godorov

July 17, 2021

I was incredibly fortunate to have worked with Deborah when I was a teacher at Jacobson Elementary School. She was supportive and compassionate leader who set a high bar for her colleagues. My condolences to her family and friends.

Roger and Kim Duggins

July 16, 2021

Our thoughts and condolences to the Palermo family.