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Teaching in Arizona documentary free to the public online through May 12

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  • Katie Rogerson/ Tucson Values Teachers

In Celebration Of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-12, Tucson Values Teachers Is Making Our Award-winning Documentary Short Film, TEACHING IN ARIZONA, Free And Available To The Public Online Through May 12 At

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-12, Tucson Values Teachers is making our award-winning documentary short film, TEACHING IN ARIZONA, free and available to the public online through May 12 at

Tucson Values Teachers’ documentary short film, TEACHING IN ARIZONA, made its film festival premiere at the 2019 Phoenix Film Festival, and was awarded Best Arizona Short Film.

Subsequently, the film won an addition Best Arizona Short Film award at the Arcosanti International Film Carnivale.

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, Tucson Values Teachers will make the film available online to the public for free at https://www.teachinginarizonafilm.org/.

TEACHING IN ARIZONA follows three Southern Arizona teachers to deliver an intimate portrait of what it’s really like to be a teacher today.

It also depicts the impact of the teacher workforce crisis on the future generations that will influence the prosperity of a state and a nation.

Filmmaker Lisa Molomot spent eight months in 2018 following the teachers, documenting the realities of teaching.

Teachers featured in the film include:

  • Tia Lei Tsosie-Begay, 4th grade teacher at Los Niños Elementary School in Sunnyside Unified School District;  
  • Nathaniel Rios, history and government teacher at Flowing Wells High School in Flowing Wells Unified School District; and
  • Janet Acree, math specialist at AmeriSchools Academy of Tucson. 

While TEACHING IN ARIZONA shares authentic stories of Arizona teachers, it also resonates with teachers in other states who face a growing teacher workforce crisis.

Low pay, over-burdening workload and a lack of respect for the profession are driving teachers from classrooms across the United States.

“One of the goals of the film is to inspire a cultural shift that brings awareness to the importance of teachers and the teaching profession in our communities and the impact they have on the economy prosperity of our region,” says Katie Rogerson, chief operating officer of Tucson Values Teachers. “We want to build public will to support teachers and education, and influence voters and decision-makers to support funding and policies that positively impact the teacher workforce.”

Screenings of the film have been held across Arizona since its premiere in Sept. 2018.

A list of upcoming screenings, along with information on how the public can request to host their own local screening, is available at the film’s official website.

More information about the project, including the 27 minute documentary short film, resources, and a viewing guide and toolkit, can be found at https://www.teachinginarizonafilm.org.    

More about Tucson Values Teachers

Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) is a business and education partnership focused on helping schools and districts attract, retain and support the very best teachers for every K-12 classroom in Southern Arizona.

The organization recognizes the critical role teachers play in student achievement and the vital influence they have on Tucson’s future. It does this work by raising public awareness of the value of the teaching profession while providing programs that benefit teachers economically and professionally.

For more information and to support TVT, visit tucsonvaluesteachers.org or call (520) 327-7619.