Introducing our district Legacies

"Legacies" features district employees (or board members) who went to school at Tucson Unified.

Michelle Reed, an optical engineer who worked on ice-detection systems for the space shuttle after the Challenger accident, brings her real-world engineering and math experience into the math classroom at Doolen Middle School.

Michelle Reed also attended Doolen and graduated from Catalina High School.

She came to teaching as a second career when she discovered that she was spending all of her vacation time volunteering in the classroom.

She loves to leave her students with this message: "Is it always going to be easy? No, absolutely not. But it's worth it."

If you know anyone with current connections to the Tucson Unified schools they attended, have them contact us at to join the project.


Michelle Reed

Michelle Reed brings her experiences as an optical engineer to inspire math students at Doolen.

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