Leila Counts, TUSD Governing Bd. candidate at DGT

    August 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    Leila Counts

    Who I Am

    “I am a dedicated educator, business owner, TUSD parent, and come from a long line of Arizona educators. I’m a passionate advocate for educational equity, inclusion, diversity and equal access to an excellent public education for all. I believe that every student deserves the opportunity to achieve all they can in life, and a high quality public education is the key to that achievement.

    I began my career working with adjudicated youth teaching life skills, history and cultural studies. I found my passion for education and working with the most challenging students during that time. The goal of education is to ignite the spark and passion for learning from within every student. I was honored to assist in igniting the spark for those “tough” students through connection, building upon their strengths, and engaging them with an excellent/evidenced based/ hands-on curriculum.

    I then went on to obtain my Masters in Counseling Psychology, working with children and familes in substance abuse programs, foster care, and wrap-around social services. While working hard for these children and families, I was able to see why some students and families were able to succeed while others were not. Family, community, and access to aquality education were, and still are, the keys to success.

    Currently, my husband and I own a local business on 4th Avenue and are raising our two spirited and beautiful young  children. We have our kindergartner in one of TUSD’s wonderful dual-language schools, Bloom Elementary, and look forward to having our youngest eventually attend TUSD’s schools as well. I also work with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Easter Seals Blake Foundation, Casa De Los Ninos, Pima Community College, UPenn, Vanderbilt University, and the US Air Force in the field of educational excellence, curriculum, leadership and family health. Many educational institutions employ me to provide professional development and training for their educators and administrators. I teach evidenced based methods and practices for increasing educational quality and equity. ”


    Carolyn’s note:  TUSD Board incumbents Adelita Grijalva and Michael Hicks are up for re-election in Nov. 2018 (non partisan election). To date political newcomers Leila Counts and Adam Ragan,  as well as both Grijalva and Hicks are running for these 2 seats.

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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).


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