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 to Maggie Givens, March 2014 Teacher Excellence Award Winner

Maggie Givens

The March 2014 TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award was presented to an AMAZING TEACHER, Ms. Maggie Givens, social studies teacher at Esperero Canyon Middle School, Catalina Foothills School District. And I have to say, I've never seen kids so excited to see their teacher being honored -- they LOVE MS. GIVENS!

Maggie was nominated by her principal, Mary Setliff, whose nomination reads: "Ms. Givens is one of the hardest working teachers I know. She devotes a great part of her life to helping students. She teaches students in a way that edifies them intellectually and honors their individuality. She trains students as systems thinkers. She sponsors the National Junior Honor Society and trains student tutors and conducts an after school study hall for students. She is a highly skilled as a National Board Certified Teacher and is an excellent mentor and colleague."

Congratulations Maggie! Tucson Values Teachers is proud to honor such OUTSTANDING TEACHERS! Keep up the good work.

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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.