Esperanza teacher named

finalist for All-Star contest

A Sunnyside Unified School District educator is a national finalist in the Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers campaign.

Teresa Durazo, a fourth-grade teacher at Esperanza Elementary School, is one of 90 finalists in the contest, which celebrates teachers who impact their students and communities.

Fans can visit through June 29 to vote on one of three finalists for each Major League Baseball team. Durazo represents the Arizona Diamondbacks. Thirty winners, one from each MLB team, will be announced prior to All-Star Week. Winners will be recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the All-Star Game in Minneapolis on Fox. One winner will be featured in PEOPLE that week.

Durazo heads Esperanza’s fourth-grade math department, is in charge of curriculum development and is a student council leader. She is the fourth-grade team leader and organizes many extracurricular activities.

TUSD’s 5-year plan nearing board vote

TUSD’s five-year strategic plan is nearing completion with a governing board vote scheduled for next month.

The strategic planning process brought together community members, businesses, parents, students and Tucson Unified School District staff to outline how TUSD will operate over the next five years in the areas of curriculum and learning, communication, diversity, facilities and finance.

The kickoff event for the strategic plan was held in February and follow up community sessions have been underway since then.

The plan is scheduled to go before the Governing Board on July 22. The meeting will be held at Tucson Electric Power headquarters, 88 E. Broadway.

Pima Vocational High
graduates 20 students

Twenty-five students graduated from Pima Vocational High School Wednesday.

The charter school was started 14 years ago to serve young people who dropped out or were at risk of dropping out of traditional high schools.

A program of the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department, PVHS helps students ages 16-21 obtain a sustainable job through career-oriented work experience in an applied academic setting.

Compiled by reporter Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.