On September 27, our Speaker will be David Garcia
Our speaker for September 27th is David Garcia who is a candidate for Governor of Arizona in 2018. He is a native Arizonan and a product of Arizona’s public schools. Prior to attending college, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry, where he excelled as an expert marksman, was awarded the Humanitarian Award and the Army Achievement Medal, and was trained as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist.
David is now an Associate Professor in the Teachers College at ASU. His professional experience includes extensive work in state and national education policy development and implementation. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he served as the state Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction for Standards and Accountability, Director of Research and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education, research analyst for the Arizona State Senate Education Committee and as a peer consultant for the U.S. Department of Education.
He is an author with several research articles, book chapters, national academic presentations and policy reports to his credit. He is a member of the editorial team for two of the highest ranked academic journals in education. He has also studied international academic standards, including a presentation at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
David received a Bachelor of Arts and Honors Diploma from Arizona State University, where he was recognized as the 1993 ASU Man of the Year. He also holds a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago in Education Policy, Research and Institutional Studies.
David teaches courses in research methods, data analysis and statistics. In spring 2013 he taught a seminar on the American Educational System to a cohort of Teach for America teachers.
David is married to Lori A. Higuera. Their family is bilingual and their two daughters attend a public school.
For more information, go to his website at: http://dg4az.com
On October 25, our speakers will be two candidates
for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Kathy Hoffman is a dedicated educator, with over 5 years of experience in Arizona’s education system. Her passion for education arrives from personal experience in a diverse array of settings, including bilingual education, special education, and volunteer work. As a speech therapist, she works with teachers, families, administrators, and specialists to provide equal opportunities for all students to access the curriculum. Her experiences advocating for students with disabilities, and supporting their daily educational goals, is a particular motivation for her to run for office. She currently works at a K-8 school in the Peoria Unified School District. Kathy’s message is, “Arizona’s future starts in our schools.”
For more information, go to her website: http://www.electkathyhoffman.com
Tempe Councilmember David Schapira is an educator and public-school advocate running to be our next Superintendent of Public Instruction. David worked as a high school teacher, an ASU instructor, a school administrator and a school board member. He served in the AZ House of Representative, the State Senate and as Leader of the Senate Democrats. He was on the Education Committee throughout his time in the Legislature, including four years as the ranking member, fighting in the trenches for resources for schools.
Now in the Tempe City Council, David’s proudest achievement was the passage of the Tempe Free Preschool Initiative, which will offer high-quality, free preschool opportunities for 360 young children. He has two daughters attending public school in Tempe.
For more information, go to his website: http://www.davidforaz.com
On November 15, our speaker will be Arizona Senator Steve Farley
Steve Farley is asking for your vote so he can replace Doug Ducey as Governor. Steve entered public service because he loves Arizona and understands the challenges facing our families and communities. He was first elected to the Legislature as State Representative from District 28 in November 2006, eventually rising to become House Assistant Minority Leader. In 2012, he was elected to represent the people of District 9 as State Senator. He now serves as Senate Assistant Minority Leader and the Ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, as well as a Member of the Appropriations, Joint Legislative Budget, and Ethics Committees.
He fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes all to ensure every Arizona student has access to a first class education. Steve focused on bringing good paying jobs to the State as well as promoting economic development, exemplary public safety, and world-class transportation choices. He has become a strong advocate for public transit and other transportation improvements all over the State.
He was instrumental in gaining approval for a comprehensive regional transportation system of roads, buses, bikeways and sidewalks, and the Modern Streetcar light rail line that opened in Tucson in 2014. The project provided more than a billion dollars in private construction within three blocks of the light rail route — all during of the worst recession Arizona has seen. Steve’s leadership in the creation of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has resulted in thousands of new, good jobs and revitalized Southern Arizona.
When he’s not at the State Capitol, Steve is a well-known artist and graphic designer who invented a new way of converting photographs to glazed ceramic tile. He has since completed numerous mural projects around the country. He has run his own public art and graphic design business since 1991.
Steve has two daughters, Amelia, 22, and Genevieve, 18. He graduated from Williams College (Mass.) in 1985 with a BA in Political Science that he put to good use.
Steve’s love of Arizona is deeply rooted in his everyday life. With his infectious smile, anyone who meets Steve can easily see that his only desire in public office is to improve our state for every Arizonan.
For more information, go to his website: https://farleyforarizona.com