Arizona’s teacher shortage is one of the most significant issues facing our schools. Today, there are more than 1,700 open teaching positions statewide and more than 750 teaching positions are currently being filled by long-term substitutes. 

That’s why Superintendent Hoffman launched the historic Arizona Teacher Residency program, a multimillion-dollar, first-of-its-kind initiative in Arizona, modeled after medical residencies, to help recruit, prepare, support, and retain K-12 teachers. She has also made significant investments in current educator mentoring programs so our teachers have the support they need to be successful in our schools.

During her second term, Supt. Hoffman will continue to advocate to increase teacher pay, reduce classroom sizes, and provide the support educators need to ensure high-quality teachers remain in the classroom.