Jim Click Urges Tucson to Invest in Teachers

Karen Hla

With a generous investment of $50,000, Jim Click is anchoring the new Tucson Supports Teachers Fund drive, an endeavor of Tucson Values Teachers and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Money raised during the multi-year, sustaining fundraising campaign will be used to directly support the district, private, and charter school teachers of Southern Arizona with school supplies and professional development. The Tucson Supports Teachers Fund will also support TVT programming that works to build respect for, and reward and invest in our teachers. Read more>>

To invest in Tucson Supports Teachers Fund today, make your tax-deductible donation today!

Congratulations Cindy Barnett, Winner of TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award

Cindy Barnett

The August 2014 TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award was presented to Mrs. Cindy Barnett, 2nd Grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School in the Tucson Unified School District.

Cindy was nominated by Carolyn Schulter, who stated, "Mrs. Barnett is a wonderful teacher. She begins the year with a warm welcoming classroom. Her goal for the year is to have every student succeed. For many, this is learning to read, practicing math, or even just learning how to be a better person. Scores always improve, but students are her priority. At the end of the school year, her students always ask her if she can teach them again next year. Her students love her, she gets along great with her fellow teachers, and parents are always please with how willing she is to help her students. Overall, Mrs. Barnett is one of the most amazing teachers and deserves recognition for all that she does."

As part of the honors, Mrs. Barnett received a $100 OfficeMax gift card, a Teacher Excellence Award plaque, flowers and school supplies. Not to mention bragging rights!  
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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 70 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

6th Annual Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive kicks off August 3rd


The 6th Annual Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive is ready for kick-off on August 3, 2014. Once again, school supplies can be donated at any Walgreens location in Southern Arizona, as well as Wendy's and Cox Communications locations in Tucson. Cash donations can be made at www.TucsonValuesTeachers.org, and all donations received from now through August 17th will be matched – dollar for dollar – through TVT and Walgreens. Over $192,000 in school supplies were raised last year, bringing the overall total of supplies raised since inception to nearly a half million dollars, and we hope to meet or beat that goal in 2014. Help support our teachers, classrooms, and students by participating in Tucson Supplies Teachers.

Partners: Tucson Values Teachers, Walgreens, Tucson Association of REALTORS, News 4 Tucson’s Kristi’s Kids, Pima Federal Credit Union and Cox Communications.

Supporters: Raytheon, Peter Piper Pizza, Wendy’s, Tucson Young Professionals, and McDonald’s. Local businesses can support Tucson Supplies Teachers by collecting supplies at their place of business, call Tucson Values Teachers for more info.



Critical Teacher Workforce Issues Revealed by TVT Survey

Tucson Values Teachers has always known that teachers work long hours for little salary and support. Until now, there has not been regional data available to back this up. TVT's 2013 Teacher Workforce Survey is the first major study to address this issue and paint a true picture of teachers' lives and the stark reality of a diminishing workforce and embattled profession.

The survey reveals a lot of what we anecdotally already knew, but also some real evidence that we are facing a critical teacher workforce issue. We are losing our most seasoned and educated teachers to both retirement and unhappiness and unfortunately, we aren't seeing a pipeline of young educators lasting more than just a few years.

Click here for more highlights from the survey and a copy of the full report.