100th Anniversary Celebration of TEA

    December 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    TEA office
    5447 E 5th St
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    “It’s our 100th Anniversary! Come join your fellow TEA members for food, drinks, celebrations of the past, and general merry making!”

    Hosted by Tucson Education Association in suite 100.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. TEA Pres. Jason Freed welcomed about 60 attendees (mostly teachers) to this event, including AEA Pres. Joe Thomas and Kristel Foster, TUSD Bd. member. He introduced the Past Presidents of TEA since 1979, and then spoke of the 3 founders of TEA in 1917, who all have schools named after them. Then Jason said that former House legislator Marion Pickens was the Pres. when TEA went on strike in 1978. He said that TEA still has problems today with low salaries and lack of funding for public education. Star cartoonist Dave Fitzsimmons then took the stage and drew caricatures of teachers in elem. , middle, high school and also one who teaches ESL.

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