Elected officials have the option of taking their Oath of Office with one hand on a variety of books. At the inaugural ceremony on Monday, Kathy Hoffman swore her oath of office to become Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction on the children’s book “Too Many Moose,” a book she enjoyed using in her classroom to help children with speech impediments.
Local radio station, KJZZ, reached the author of the book, Lisa Bakos, about Superintendent Hoffman’s decision.
“It brought tears to my eyes,” Bakos said when she heard about the importance of the book to Hoffman and her students. “I can’t think of any better honor than that to hear about my words that I put out into the world.”
As a substitute teacher herself, seeing a teacher elected into the highest education position in the state held great significance. “I feel very honored and grateful to be part of that historic event yesterday,” Bakos said.