Kathy Hoffman is a dedicated educator who is committed to improving educational achievement for all of Arizona’s students. She brings over 5 years of teaching experience, most recently as a speech therapist in Peoria Unified School District. Her passion for education arrives from personal experience in a diverse array of settings, including bilingual education, special education, and volunteer work.
Kathy’s educational background includes a Japanese immersion program through Portland Public Schools. She then attended the University of Oregon, where she studied both Japanese and Spanish. She moved to Tucson in 2009 and taught preschool/pre-K students and became interested in special education services. She decided to study speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona as a way of supporting students with a wide range of needs, from bilingual and English-learning students to children on the autism spectrum.
Kathy worked in Tucson’s Vail School District for three years, and more recently has moved to Phoenix, where she works in the Peoria Unified School District at a Title I K-8 elementary school. She has worked tirelessly to improve students’ communication skills including speaking, listening comprehension, and social skills. Throughout her professional life, she has collaborated with teachers, administrators, specialists, and parents to provide the best possible solutions for students.
While in Tucson, Kathy was a member of the Autism Society of Southern Arizona’s Education Committee, and also worked with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona. Her experiences advocating for students with disabilities, and supporting their daily educational goals, is a particular motivation for her to run for office.