Katie Rogerson

Colleen Niccum

Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) board of directors has elected Tucson business leader and its founding board chair, Colleen Niccum, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Katie Rogerson, TVT’s interim executive director, as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“These new roles align TVT leadership with its key business partners and funders and reflects the level of importance we place on working together to improve education by ensuring quality teachers for every Southern Arizona classroom,” said Marian Salzman, TVT’s outgoing executive chair who will continue as a board member and chair of its Development Committee. During her two-year volunteer tenure, Salzman instituted the first statewide teacher satisfaction survey and shared the results at a high profile community forum called Let’s Talk Ed: Teacher Workforce that drew national, state and local business, education and community leaders. She also brought innovative changes to TVT programs, including a large-scale cash card giveaway that delivered $238,000 worth of supplies to help teachers fund classroom expenses.
“TVT has been instrumental in shining the light on the teacher workforce crisis faced by the state while providing tangible benefits to support teachers working in Southern Arizona classrooms,” Niccum said. “We are pleased to see that the issues impacting teachers have been elevated to a top priority by the governor, the Arizona Department of Education and key education and business groups across the state, and look forward to helping lead efforts to drive statewide improvements.”
Niccum previously served as the vice president of Education Policy for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), which established TVT, where she was responsible for supporting the education agenda of SALC’s 140 CEOs and business leaders who recognize the critical role education plays in the economic prosperity of a community. Prior to joining SALC, she retired with a 30-year career as a communications executive from Raytheon Company. Niccum was the founding board chair of TVT and was instrumental in working with the UA College of Education to create Teachers in Industry, one of TVT’s signature programs. She also serves on the board of directors of Expect More Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Education advisory board.
Katie Rogerson served as TVT’s interim executive director, and director of marketing and outreach. As COO, Rogerson will manage operations and lead TVT’s signature programs and initiatives. Rogerson brings 16 years of nonprofit management expertise to her role, and serves on the UA College of Education’s Professional Preparation Board and the Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Retention Task Force. Rogerson previously held positions in: Arts Integration Solutions, Opening Minds through the Arts, , and KXCI Community Radio as the former president and long-time board member.. Rogerson is also a 2014 “40-Under-40” honoree and a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2017.
“We look forward to expanding our work and impact in ways that aid districts and schools in attracting and retaining teachers, while supporting efforts to address teacher pay and other issues that impact teacher turnover rates,” Rogerson said.
Findings from TVT’s 2014 Teacher Workforce Survey point to a number of critical factors that are fueling Arizona’s teacher crisis. Arizona teachers are among the nation’s lowest paid, with those in Tucson earning up to 32 percent less than the national median. Less than half reported “satisfaction” with their teaching career, and only one in five would recommend teaching as a career. Turnover rates continue to be high with more than 50 percent leaving the field in the first five years. This year, Arizona schools reported more than 2,000 vacant teaching positions at the start of the school year, according to the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association.
“We credit the work of TVT for today’s heightened awareness of the challenges faced by Arizona’s teachers and will continue working to ensure that our state becomes a magnet for the best teachers in the nation,” said Ron Shoopman, SALC CEO, founding TVT board member and Arizona Board of Regents member. “SALC remains committed to the success of TVT in this endeavor.”

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