Kathy Hoffman was sworn in as the new Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction on Monday during a public inauguration ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. A former speech therapist, Hoffman is the 19th different Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona history.
Hoffman was elected Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2018, and assumed office officially on January 7, 2019. Superintendent Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education, first as a pre-school 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.
Her experience as both an educator and advocate for students with disabilities informs her vision for public education. Throughout her career, she has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code. She asserts that only through committed investment and inclusive policies can Arizona bring its public schools from the bottom to the top of the nation’s school systems. Superintendent Hoffman firmly believes that Arizona’s future starts in our schools.