The most  pressing issue facing our public schools is our state’s inability to attract and retain our teachers. Politicians are keeping educator pay artificially low and are attacking public schools--and it’s leading to burnt out teachers who do not feel supported by our state. If we want our students to have the best education possible, we have to invest in the well-being of our teachers. 

To combat our educator retention crisis, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman has made numerous investments in teacher mentoring programs across our state. 

She invested $2.5 million to the Arizona K-12 Center educator mentoring program, which pairs experienced mentors with new teachers to support them during their first years in the classroom. Superintendent Hoffman also partnered with the University of Arizona’s Center for Recruitment & Retention of Math Educators for Professional Development. This partnership and investment of $500,000 works to ensure all math educators, including those in special education, have access to various resources, support, and professional development offered by U of A. Investing in professional development and mentorship programs for our educators is necessary if we want to be a state who values teachers.