AEA President Andrew Morrill @ DGT

    August 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $8.50 buffet includes tax/tip; $2.50 for drink only
    Andrea Kennedy


    “The Role of the School Board – Successes and Failures in Arizona” will be Andrew’s topic. More on Andrew from AEA’s website:

    Andrew F. Morrill was elected as the 88th president of the Arizona Education Association (AEA) on April 23, 2010 at the AEA Delegate Assembly.  As president of the largest professional association in Arizona, he is committed to advancing the mission of AEA which is Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education for every Arizona student.

    Morrill served two terms as AEA Vice President from 2004-2010.  Prior to assuming the office of AEA Vice President, Morrill taught English and journalism for 16 years at Mountain View High School in the Marana Unified School District.  He calls his years in the classroom “rewarding beyond all measure,” adding that the only pursuit that could take him from Mountain View was working for his public education colleagues across Arizona.

    Morrill serves on the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, was a member of Governor Napolitano’s Committee for Teacher Quality and Support in 2005, and served on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Certification Advisory Committee in 2006.  He was named a Tucson Realty and Trust Top 10 Teacher in 2000 and was named an Arizona Education Foundation Ambassador of Excellence in 2001.  Nine times he was named a Marana Unified School District Top 10 Inspirational Teacher.  Because this award is presented by a student, Morrill says it is this distinction that he values most.

    Morrill, an Arizona native, received his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The University of Arizona in 1984 and began teaching in 1987.  He completed his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 2002.

    Calling himself the second best teacher in his household, Morrill is married to another English Teacher, Pam Roggeman, also a former Ambassador of Excellence.  They have five children, the latest born in May 2004.

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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Are our schools functioning along the lines they were set up for? The thought behind our school system was to give our youth the educational tools necessary to obtain the means needed so they wouldn’t be a burden on society. Our constitution isn’t discriminatory and even though education isn’t a right everyone must be awarded the same opportunity from our educational system. Some students may require a more specialized program to achieve their level of scholastic competence, and they must be given tat extra assistance. are our schools functioning without favoritism? No as can be seen with the growth in poverty, the use of Affirmative Action, and the installation of Common Core. All student’s must get an equal bite of the apple.


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