Congratulations Kristi Chapman, Teacher Excellence Award Winner!

Kristi Chapman

The September 2015 TVT/OfficeMax/Depot Teacher Excellence Award was presented this morning to Kristi Chapman. Kristi teaches Grades 3, 4,and 5 at Miles Exploratory Learning Center in Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). Family members, TUSD Superintendent Dr. H.T. Sanchez and other district leadership joined together for the big SURPRISE award presentation. It is clear from their excitement -- and the excitement of her students -- why Kristi is such an EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER!

Kristi was nominated by colleague Patty Mitchell, who says, “Kristi always challenges herself right along with her students. Anytime you walk into her classroom you will see students engaged in experiments, discussions, writing, reading and math. Kristi earned her National Board Certification because she wanted to look critically at her own teaching to challenge her own practices. The benefit of that outcome is seen daily with her students and with her interactions with her peers. Projects, deep discussions and fun epitomize Kristi\'s classroom.”

As part of the honors, Mrs. Chapman received a $100 OfficeMax/Office Depot gift card, a Teacher Excellence Award plaque, flowers and school supplies. Not to mention bragging rights! Thanks for all you do for Miles ELC students, Mrs. Chapman! You are an inspiration!

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TVT's Teacher Discount Card is back!

TVT Discount Card

Once again this year, Tucson Values Teachers has teamed up with over 80 businesses to provide special offers and discounts for teachers in Southern Arizona. All district, private and charter school teachers can participate.

Click here for program details, or jump over to the sign-up form if you're ready to get your card now!


What's New

Innovative Program Gives Teachers Hands-On Industry Experience In STEM Fields

The University of Arizona College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies is now accepting applications for the summer of 2016 for its Teachers in Industry program, and 50 teachers are expected to be accepted to participate. Teachers in Industry is an innovative, award-winning professional development and degree program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers; it was created as a result of a business education partnership inspired by Tucson Values Teachers. Participants complete coursework at the University of Arizona and spend their summers working for pay at Arizona businesses in STEM fields, giving them a substantial income boost for the years they are in the program, as well as rich hands-on job experience. Teachers can choose to work for professional development credit or to earn a master of arts degree in science or math education. Teachers in Industry is the only program of its kind in the United States and was recently honored by Change the Equation.

“Teachers in Industry has enabled dozens of Arizona teachers to practice their science and mathematics disciplines in business settings around Arizona,” College of Education Dean Ronald W. Marx explained. “They bring what they learn from these businesses back to their classrooms, helping their students learn how abstract concepts in the school curriculum actually operate in real-life settings.”

Teachers earn $8,000 on average each summer through the program. Master’s program teachers pay 35 percent of the tuition costs ($2,600 per year) from that pay. Professional development teachers pay all of their tuition costs ($1,340 per year) from that pay. Leading employers in the region hire and pay the teachers directly and then provide training and supervision during the summer.

The program was created through a partnership between the university, Tucson Values Teachers, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and Tucson-area STEM businesses and industries, most notably Raytheon Missile Systems, a founding employer that hired 10 teachers in the summer of 2015. Other industry partners include the Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Tucson Electric Power, the Salt River Project, Arizona Public Service and Texas Instruments.

“Teachers in Industry is a unique opportunity for businesses to invest in their future workforce,” said Colleen Niccum, a Tucson Values Teachers board member and a retired Raytheon executive who helped to create the program. “After their experience working in the field, these teachers can help their students make critical connections between what they are learning in school and their future careers. The return for businesses is significant when you consider that most middle and high school teachers influence 150 students each year.”

Teachers in Industry is one of the most effective teacher retention programs in Arizona, a state that faces a huge retention problem, losing over 40 percent of new teachers by the end of their second year. In contrast, more than 90 percent of the teachers who have participated in Teachers in Industry have remained in the profession. STEM businesses and industries are concerned about Arizona’s future workforce and also about the quality of education in general, because their employees send their children to Arizona schools.

For more information on Teachers In Industry, or to apply for 2016, CLICK HERE.


Tucson Values Teachers Elects New Executive Chair

International Businesswoman Marian Salzman Reinforces Commitment to Help Southern Arizona's Teachers; Many Are Considering Leaving the Classroom

TUCSON, AZ (Feb. 9, 2015) — An international business leader is the new executive chair of Tucson Values Teachers (TVT). Marian Salzman, CEO of Havas PR North America, was elected to lead TVT as it begins its sixth year, at a time when more than a quarter (27 percent) of current teachers indicate they are not likely to be teaching in southern Arizona five years from now.

“When I found out about TVT, I signed on to make a difference because I owe teachers a huge debt,” Salzman said. “I am who I am because of the teachers I had throughout my academic life. I won’t be satisfied until every teacher is as respected as I am as a CEO.”

The situation in Arizona is dire; a recent Arizona Department of Education educator retention and recruitment task force study reports teachers are leaving for other careers with higher compensation. Almost one-third (62 percent) of reporting districts noted openings—more than 700 in October 2014—and 42 percent currently have midyear openings. To compound this problem, 24 percent of the state’s education workforce is eligible to retire within the next four years.

Salzman has led Havas PR North America since 2009. In that time, she has been named PRWeek’s U.S. PR Professional of the Year (2012) and Global PR Professional of the Year (2014), among many other honors. The agency is now among the most awarded of its size, including being named Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter. Havas PR has offices in New York City, Boston, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Providence, R.I., plus representation in Austin, Texas; Southern California; and Washington, D.C.

“Our family began a slow relocation to Tucson in 2012; today we have three enrolled at the University of Arizona,” Salzman said. “As a national and regional CEO with a new office in Arizona, I see the disparity of education when comparing our region to other parts of the country. The issues our community faces around teacher retention and recruitment are daunting. I understand the importance of strong schools and a motivated teacher workforce here and across the country.”

The announcement of Salzman’s election as Executive Chair was made by Michael Duran, vice president and chief development officer of Tucson Medical Center and the TMC Foundation, and TVT’s outgoing board president. 

Salzman’s goals for TVT include solidifying funding for the organization’s seven programs that serve educators in the region and identifying and supporting activities that demonstrate the community’s gratitude for the professionals who staff our classrooms and teach our children.

While leadership in schools, professional training and development for teachers, and teacher pay are all challenges raised by teachers in the 2013 TVT survey, “respect, or lack thereof, is one issue we can tackle successfully,” she added.

Ron Shoopman, president and CEO of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), founding TVT board member and member of the Arizona Board of Regents, said, “We are extremely pleased that Marian has committed her time, talent and passion to lead Tucson Values Teachers’ growing impact in the struggle to recruit, retain and support quality teachers for every southern Arizona classroom. TVT remains a signature program of SALC.”

Salzman also sits on the boards of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which serves wounded warriors, and Venture for America, which puts new graduates in entrepreneurial jobs across the U.S. Before becoming CEO of Havas PR, she served as chief strategic officer of Havas and as chief marketing officer of JWT. Early in her career, Salzman led TBWA\ Chiat\Day’s Department of the Future and was president of the Intelligence Factory at Young & Rubicam. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post, The Guardian (U.K.) and   

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