|Angela "Angie" Ruíz Tewksbury was born to Dionício and Rosa López Ruíz of Globe on August 2, 1926. Ruíz' parents struggled to provide an education for Angie and her siblings and Angie was able to graduate from Globe High School in the Class of 1946. She later used her education to do good things for Globe.
In 1969, when she was newly elected to the Globe school board, and in her first five-year term of office, the Arizona Record and the Arizona Silver Belt newspapers selected Angie as "Woman of the Year" for her "contributions to the Globe community in an exceptional manner." The editors of the newspapers touted her work as a Globe school board member, one who "tackled the issues relevant in adding to the efficiency of the public schools and the teachers who mold and impart educational values to the community's children."
For instance, in 1971, Angie helped initiate the "Dope Stop Program," which called attention to the use of illegal drugs in Arizona's public school systems. She saw the need to work with families, teachers and students to prevent drug abuse in the Globe schools and made numerous speeches, presentations and gave drug-abuse workshops for teachers at local churches and schools in Globe, Miami and in the neighboring communities of San Carlos and Claypool.
In 1975, the school board debated the issue of all-sports gender equality in the public schools. Under discussion was the "Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act," more commonly known as Title IX. The law stated the following: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance..."
At issue was the equal use of Globe's newly built track field. The matter came before the school board because many parents and teachers were convinced that the measure would negatively affect the boys' athletic programs.
The matter was so controversial that some community members called for the recall of the entire school board, including Angie. But Angie explained that the new athletic track field was meant to be used by both the boys' and the girls' track teams. She further argued that the expenditure of Title IX federal funds would be managed fairly and the board was committed to fairness and gender equality. She spoke as if she could guarantee fairness and equality in this issue. In the end, the school board agreed to comply with Title IX and not risk the loss of federal funds for the school system.
In another example of Angie's commitment to parents' concerns, in 1975, when high school biology textbooks were being selected, Angie sought parental guidance over which texts were appropriate for use in high school classes. Parents were pleased because they had a say-so in the education of their children. The writer of an article in the Arizona Silver Belt newspaper noted that this had been the first time that parents were asked to help in selecting textbooks for Globe's public schools.
During the 1970s, Angie worked with the school board to construct an over-pass across Highway 60-70 to ensure the safety of teachers and students at East Globe School. She supported salary adjustments for classified and certified employees in the Globe public schools. She advocated to fund programs benefiting the needs of Globe's 9-12 alternative school. She voted to support the construction of the much-needed Elwood Miller Library at the East Globe School, with the library named after Globe's beloved superintendent of schools.
As an advocate for Globe's public schools, Angela "Angie" Ruíz Tewksbury worked tirelessly to make Globe's schools responsive to the community. She spent endless hours and energy in school board meetings, workshops, school functions and teacher conferences. She had a deep passion for Globe's public education system because she knew what it had done for her and her family. All Angie's children graduated from a Globe high school.
In 1982, Angie was presented the prestigious "All Arizona School Board Award" by the Arizona School Board Association in Phoenix for her thirteen-year leadership as a member of the Board of Education, Globe Unified School District No. 1.
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