What will the education headlines be in 2025?

A panel of experts gathered at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for a provocative discussion about the future of education in Arizona. Watch the complete panel discussion here.

 

Moderator:

State Representative Heather Carter, District 15

Rep. Carter is chairwoman of the House Health Committee and a member of the Elections Committee and the Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. Elected in 2010, she has won prestigious awards from education groups, veteran organizations, healthcare and patient advocacy groups, including “Legislator of the Year” honors. Carter is an alumna of ASU and currently a clinical associate professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She was a 7th-grade teacher in the Paradise Valley District, where her daughter now attends school. She resides in Cave Creek with her husband of 20 years.

Panelists:

Beth Driscoll is director of educator preparation programs at the Arizona Department of Education. She oversees review and approval of educator preparation programs, educator exams, performance pay programs and national board certification. She comes from several years of experience in public education, most spent as a primary teacher. Driscoll worked in higher education as an adjunct instructor and course developer. Since becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003, she has assisted Arizona teachers pursuing board certification.

David Garcia is an associate professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He served as the associate superintendent of public instruction for Arizona, a research analyst for the state legislature and a peer consultant for the U.S. Department of Education. He consults with community organizations on education policy issues. In 2008, he was awarded the National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Garcia received a Bachelor of Arts and honors diploma from ASU and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Chicago. In 2014, he was the democratic candidate for Arizona superintendent of public instruction.

Tim Ogle — For 38 years Ogle has served public schools in every capacity possible — award-winning teacher, principal, curriculum director and superintendent. He is currently executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association, a private nonprofit membership organization representing all Arizona school districts. He has served in that role since 2012. Ogle holds three advanced degrees and has published and presented nationally on educational issues. As the product of public schools and father of three public-school graduate sons, all with advanced degrees, he believes in the power and unique effectiveness of America's K–12 public school system.

Andrew F. Morrill is the 88th president of the Arizona Education Association. As president of the largest professional association in Arizona, he is committed to advancing the mission of AEA: Keeping the promise of quality public education for every Arizona student. As a classroom teacher, he was named a Tucson Realty and Trust Top 10 Teacher and a 2001 Arizona Educational Foundation Ambassador of Excellence. Nine times he was named a Marana Unified School District Top 10 Inspirational Teacher. An Arizona native, Morrill received his bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Arizona. He began teaching in 1987. Calling himself the second-best teacher in his household, Morrill is married to another English teacher. They have five children.