Kathy Hoffman, candidate for AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction at DGT

    October 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    http://www.electkathyhoffman.com/. Democrat Kathy Hoffman hopes to challenge current Superintendent Diane Douglas, a Republican. Tempe Councilman David Schapira is also seeking this seat in the Dem primary.

    Her bio:

    “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.”

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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. Kathy has spent about 7 years in Tucson teaching preschool, attending U of A, then working as speech pathologist in Vail School District. She is bilingual in Spanish and Japanese, and now lives in Peoria with husband who is attending medical school. Will be running as Clean Elections candidate and her mantra is “Arizona’s future starts in our schools”. Her 3 priorities are 1) invest in students, 2) inclusion for all and 3) competitive pay for teachers. She is against the voucher bill legislation which passed in 2017, decries the 18% graduation rate of EL students in Arizona and low teacher pay, leading to attrition. Questions from about 30 audience members: opinion on free college tuition for teaching majors; how change Az legislature to more Dems; how deal w/ hi tech companies & developers that don’t bank on education; how get educators involved politically; how teach students to be critical thinkers vs. just techies; why better candidate in the Dem primary for Superintendent; what was EL grad. rate before 2003; any administrative experience; how restore $2.1 M education funding cut from budget; need for quality neighborhood schools, knowledge of community schools, position on vouchers, public vs. private schools and charter schools. LD 9 House Rep. Pam Powers Hannley present. Kathy made one mistake in stating that Dr. David Garcia did not carry Pima County in his Supe race in Nov. 2014. (He did, 137,859 to 124,729 to Diane Douglas, current Superintendent).


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