Arizona Teachers Academy encourage instructors to stay in public schools
Jan. 25, 2018
A new initiative launched by Gov. Doug Ducey last year incentivizes teachers to stay in Arizona by waiving tuition fees for instructors who work in on of the state’s public schools.
Alicia Szymonik is a government teacher at Agua Fria High School and a candidate for the Arizona Teachers Academy. As a single mom and someone who is passionate about her career, Alicia says the program has helped her do the work she wants to do without the worry of student loan debt hanging over her head.
“The ATA approach of entrepreneurship is that you’re problem-solving for yourself,” Szymonik says. “You’re identifying areas where your team needs improvement.”
ATA Program Manager Cindy Ballantyne believes the academy will continue to provide teachers with leadership skills and tools. If the academy is successful in the way Ducey hopes it will be, says, Ballantyne, then the teachers will be inspired to stay in the state and help build a positive educational environment.
For more information on the academy, visit Ducey’s Office of Education website.