Teacher: Jonathan Basurto – Grades 7-12 ELA/SS
I grew up in Tucson and graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School. After two years at NAU, I graduated from the University of Arizona and moved to Los Angeles where I was an actor and then a manager of an international sports marketing firm. I worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Clippers, Kings, and Chivas USA. I decided to come back to Tucson to focus on my faith and was led to TIA.
We have an exceptional business program that was created by Eller College of Entrepreneurship at U of A, where students learn to dress professionally, build their resumes, build websites, build pamphlets in different languages, speak formally, and yes, even learn to shake hands before an interview with a professional on the career of their choice. We have had multiple visits from politicians like Congressman Grijalva and Juan Ciscomani, business owners from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We compete against other high schools from Tucson yearly in the Arizona Financial Face-Off where students show off their understanding of financial stability.