Southern Arizona Inducting New Teachers (SAINT)

What is SAINT?

This initiative, made possible by the U.S. Department of Education's Transition to Teaching (TTT) program, will recruit and induct fifty recent college graduates and mid-career professionals with experience in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to teach mathematics in high-need schools in Tucson.

Qualified participants will receive a $5000 award to participate in the Teach Arizona Master's Degree Program and commit to teach in high-need schools in the Tucson Unified School District for three or more years.  During the first three years, participants will take part in induction and mentoring programs offered by the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR).

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the SAINT Program, you must be either

You must commit to teach three or more years in a high-need school in Tucson Unified School District.  The $5000 award will be paid to you as a loan; this loan will be forgiven in increments after each of your first three years of teaching.

If you are teaching on a provisional, temporary, or emergency license prior to entering the program, you are eligible; however, teachers with secondary teaching certificates are not eligible for the SAINT program.

The Teach Arizona Master's Program

The Teach Arizona Master's Program is a one-year program for individuals who wish to enter the teaching profession.  Teach Arizona students participate in three semesters (summer through spring) of intensive coursework and field experience designed to prepare participants to become teachers of record in Arizona classrooms.  Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment and become certified teachers.

The Teach Arizona program, supervised by co-directors and award-winning teachers Barry Roth and Patty Stowers, has a strong track record of graduating students who feel that they are prepared to teach and who stay in the teaching profession for more than three years.

The Center for Recruitment and Retention

The Center for Recruitment and Retention, a program of the Department of Mathematics at The University of Arizona, endeavors to recruit new mathematics teachers and provide support for teachers currently in the classroom.  To this end, the Center provides a Teacher Induction Program for first-and-second year mathematics teachers, a Tutoring in the Schools Program that recruits UA undergraduates to support teachers in the classroom by working one-on-one with students, two- to four-week Mathematics Content Workshops for current teachers, and an annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day Conference, which is the largest annual conference for mathematics teachers in the state of Arizona.

The contents of this webpage were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.