History

In March 2007, the “Economic Blueprint” from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) concluded that educational excellence is one of the keys to “boldly secure and shape this region’s destiny.”

Two months later, participants in the Tucson Regional Town Hall ranked education the top priority among all their recommendations on a dozen important regional issues. They spelled out the Tucson region’s education promise to its children: To provide “each child with the lifelong opportunity to become a literate, functioning member of the local community, as well as society at large.”

During this same time, local superintendents were telling business leaders at the Pima County Business and Educational Roundtable that if the schools could recruit and retain great teachers, “it would make all the difference,” citing numerous research studies that identified a high quality teacher as the single most important contributor to student success.

From these collective efforts, a simple yet powerful idea emerged: to create a community-wide initiative called Tucson Values Teachers.

Driven organizationally by the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Values Teachers quickly gained broad community support. Business, educational and nonprofit organizations recognized not only the importance of quality teachers, but also the importance of the Tucson Values Teachers idea to the region’s future.

Today, TVT is a recognized nonprofit leader that has been instrumental in elevating the issues related to the teacher workforce across the state while also recognizing the achievements of the many excellent teachers working in Arizona classrooms.

TVT continues to work with district superintendents, school leaders and teachers to identify new initiatives to attract, retain and support the teacher workforce. It also leverages the policy arm of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and its members to advocate for statewide funding and education policy that promotes all of Arizona’s teachers.

2007
  • Tucson Values Teachers founded
2008
  • Teacher Discount Card launched (80+ discount partners)
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive launched (over $880,000 in supplies since inception)
2009
  • Teachers in Industry established by University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Science Foundation Arizona, and Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Excellence Awards launched
2010
  • Teacher Voices campaign (2010-2012) aired on Arizona Spotlight radio, then evolved into videos
  • Toast to Teachers Block Party held in Downtown Tucson
2011
  • Inaugural Spirit of Education Awards presented by Tucson Values Teachers,
    honoring Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Day at UofA – professional development, activities and expo presented with the University of Arizona College of Education
2013
  • Tucson Teacher Workforce Study conducted
  • Tucson Supports Teachers Fund – Jim Click Automotive Group contributes $50,000
  • Tucson Values Teachers is founding partner of Community Share
  • Arizona Gives Day launched – online giving campaign held on the first Tuesday of April each year
  • Ten for Teachers campaign launched
  • 1st Annual Pima Federal Credit Union Golf Classic, with all proceeds benefitting Tucson Supplies Teachers Supply Drive
2014
  • In partnership with Expect More Arizona, initial Vote 4 Education pilot program launched in TUSD
  • CEO/Superintendent Teacher Workforce Summit
2015
  • Statewide Teacher Workforce Survey conducted; MAP (Making Action Possible) Dashboard created
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers transitioned from physical supply drive to gift card drive
2016
  • Annual Leaders in Education Awards launched – $15,000 cash awards for K-12 teachers and their schools
  • Reinvigorated Teacher Advisory Group
  • Strongest year to date for Teachers in Industry – over $500,000 earned by teachers during summer months
2017
  • Tucson Values Teachers 10 Year Anniversary

2007

  • Tucson Values Teachers founded

2008

  • Teacher Discount Card launched (80+ discount partners)
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive launched (over $880,000 in supplies since inception)

2009

  • Teachers in Industry established by University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Science Foundation Arizona, and Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Excellence Awards launched

2010

  • Teacher Voices campaign (2010-2012) aired on Arizona Spotlight radio, then evolved into videos
  • Toast to Teachers Block Party held in Downtown Tucson

2011

  • Inaugural Spirit of Education Awards presented by Tucson Values Teachers,
    honoring Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Day at UofA – professional development, activities and expo presented with the University of Arizona College of Education

2013

  • Tucson Teacher Workforce Study conducted
  • Tucson Supports Teachers Fund – Jim Click Automotive Group contributes $50,000
  • Tucson Values Teachers is founding partner of Community Share
  • Arizona Gives Day launched – online giving campaign held on the first Tuesday of April each year
  • Ten for Teachers campaign launched
  • 1st Annual Pima Federal Credit Union Golf Classic, with all proceeds benefitting Tucson Supplies Teachers Supply Drive

2014

  • In partnership with Expect More Arizona, initial Vote 4 Education pilot program launched in TUSD
  • CEO/Superintendent Teacher Workforce Summit

2015

  • Statewide Teacher Workforce Survey conducted; MAP (Making Action Possible) Dashboard created
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers transitioned from physical supply drive to gift card drive

2016

  • Annual Leaders in Education Awards launched – $15,000 cash awards for K-12 teachers and their schools
  • Reinvigorated Teacher Advisory Group
  • Strongest year to date for Teachers in Industry – over $500,000 earned by teachers during summer months

2017

  • Tucson Values Teachers 10 Year Anniversary

Founding Partners

Southern Arizona Leadership Council The Helios Education Foundation
University of Arizona Foundation The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona
The Zuckerman Community Outreach Foundation Raytheon Missile Systems
Jim Click Automotive Diamond Family Foundation
Cox Communications Wells Fargo
Community Foundation of Southern Arizona Community Finance Corporation

Founding Board Members

Clarence Boykins Ron Marx
Don Budinger Colleen Niccum
Michael Duran John Pedicone
Anil Hiremath Donald Pitt
Bill Holmes Jill Rosenzweig
Becca Hughes Barbara Ryan Thompson
Jacquelyn Jackson Ron Shoopman
Cassi LaFey Roger Vogel
Helaine Levy Doug Wilson
Lisa Lovallo Amy Zuckerman
Edmund Marquez
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We’re aiming to transform the way our region values its’ most important asset: the men and women who spend more time with our children than many parents can.