Kathy Hoffman was elected Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018 making her the first educator to lead in the Arizona Department of Education in over 20 years. When she was elected, she knew that she wanted to reimagine what this role meant for our students, teachers, and families. This is not just an administrative position for her, but instead an office that can elevate the voices of our students and be an advocate for our public schools and educators. Supt. Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education, first as a preschool teacher and then as a speech-language pathologist. She began her career in the Vail School District in southern Arizona before joining the Peoria School District. She saw firsthand the problems within our schools and the challenges our students face everyday. During her first year in office, she visited over 150 schools across the state in all 15 counties and 7 of our tribal nations. Kathy knew that she needed to talk to our educators and students directly so she could make informed policy decisions for our schools. As State Superintendent, Kathy has focused on increasing funding and access to critical mental health services for students, investing in programs to retain and recruit qualified educators, expanding digital connectivity for urban and rural school communities alike, supporting and celebrating Arizona's many multilingual learners, and elevating the voices of our state's phenomenal educators. Her first term in office has shown the successes of having an educator lead our Department of Education. Supt. Hoffman is running for re-election to continue building strong, welcoming, and fully-funded schools where students and families thrive and where all educators are respected and compensated fairly. Arizona’s future starts in our schools and if we want our public schools to thrive and deliver our students a high quality education, we must have elected leaders who view education spending as an investment and not an expense. Supt. Hoffman lives in Phoenix with her husband, Justin, and their newborn baby, Clara.