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 Ami Bunch, Teacher Excellence Award Winner!

Ami Bunch

The March 2015 TVT/OfficeMax/Depot Teacher Excellence Award was presented to Ami Bunch. Ami teaches Kindergarten at Cottonwood Elementary in the Vail School District, where she has taught for 14 years now. Several family members and Vail Superintendent Calvin Baker all joined us for the SURPRISE award presentation, and from their excitement -- and the excitement of her students -- it is clear why Ami is such an EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER!

Ami was nominated by Principal Bobbi Mayeux who says, “Ami Bunch is a remarkable educator! She consistently leads our school with love and dedication. Her personal commitment to providing foundational skills to our students is truly exceptional. Ami is always willing to support any program, staff, or student. Her wide depth of knowledge in curriculum, instructional practices, and student development truly make her a rare gem. Ami is reflective in not only her personal practices but is thoughtful of the entire school unit. She is driven to do what’s in the best interest of her students and considers the whole child in every decision and experience she provides.”

As part of the honors, Mrs. Bunch 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 Cottonwood Elementary students, Mrs. Bunch! You are an inspiration!

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Teachers Deserve Our Appreciation!

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What's New

A Celebration to Honor Teachers of Southern Arizona

Tucson Values Teachers and our generous community partners present Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd through May 9th, a week-long celebration with special FREE mini-events and fabulous discounts to honor and support all teachers across Southern Arizona. 

This year the focus of Teacher Appreciation Week is GRATITUDE. Respect, appreciation, and gratitude for the profession that creates all other professions.

Teacher Appreciation Week offerings include:

Free admission to local museums including Children's Museum Tucson, UA Flandrau Science Center, Tohono Chul, The Mini Time Machine Museum, International Wildlife Museum, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Arizona State Museum, UA Museum of Art, and the Postal History Foundation. Teachers must present school ID or TVT Teacher Discount Card. Details on Museums HERE.

Teacher Excellence Awards presented each day of Teacher Appreciation Week in partnership with OfficeMax/OfficeDepot, KVOA News 4 Tucson and Kristi's Kids, and Ben's Bells.

Delicious and exciting discounts offered by Tucson Tamale Company, The Loft Cinema, McDonald's, Starbucks, El Charro and other TVT Teacher Discount Card partners. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

May 8th is Hero Night with UA Baseball. Join us at Hi-Corbett Field as the UA Wildcats take on the UW Huskies. FREE and discounted tickets for teachers and families available. Teachers can purchase $4 discounted tickets, including tickets for family and friends at www.ArizonaWildcats.com/promo. Use Promo Code: BBHERO2015. Must be purchased by 5/8 at 3pm.

May 8th STEMAZing Happy Hour at Borderlands Brewery, presented by The STEMAZing Project, SARSEF, and CommunityShare.

Other EXCLUSIVE offers available via TVT's Facebook and Twitter pages, be sure to follow us!

At the request of teachers, the FREE professional development normally offered with The University of Arizona and other partners  during Teacher Appreciation Week will be moved to early Fall 2015. Stay tuned for more details!


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 Forbes.com.   

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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.