Central High School
Principal: Leticia Avalos
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAssistant: Nelly ArenasPhone: 602-764-7502Email: Narenas@phoenixunion.org
Ms. Leticia Avalos is a Phoenix native and a dedicated mother of two. She was raised in Glendale and attended Glendale High School, Glendale Community College and Arizona State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and majored in history. In addition, she earned two Master’s Degrees from ASU despite many obstacles in life. She started her career in the Glendale Elementary School District before coming to PXU and is currently in her 23rd year in education. She often shares that she would not be in her position today without the support of her family, friends, and mentors.
After the rigorous iLEAD AZ educational leadership program at ASU, Ms. Avalos was selected as the Assistant Principal for Student Success at Trevor G. Browne High School (TGB), overseeing interventions and campus safety for the largest school in PXU. She spent two years at TGB implementing interventions, restorative practices, and instructional strategies as well as overseeing a student support team that included a large security staff. She was later given the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal for Registration at Betty H. Fairfax High School, overseeing counseling, enrollment, and staffing. Data from both schools demonstrate improvements in both school safety and academics. Ms. Avalos believes this was due to the collaborative efforts made by many dedicated individuals at each campus.
All of these experiences led Ms. Avalos to participate in an intense principal selection process. As a result, she became principal of Central High School beginning in the 2018-19 school year. She has stated that she could not be happier to serve Central’s staff, students, and community. Under her leadership, the school made an improvement in their letter grade designated by the state, expanded Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities, reduced discipline referrals significantly, expanded dual enrollment options, increased enrollment and implemented a student/athlete of the month recognition program. Ms. Avalos continues to focus on rebranding Central, improving school-wide systems and increasing positive relationships across the campus.
Assistant Principal for Registration:
Dr. Michael Gard
Assistant: Alma Quintana
Dr. Michael Gard grew up and attended public elementary and high schools in Glendale, AZ. After high school graduation, he attended Northern Arizona University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an Emphasis in Biology. Dr. Gard began his teaching career at Alhambra High School as a science teacher. After two years at Alhambra, Betty Fairfax High School recruited Dr. Gard to teach science for their ever-growing freshmen class. While at Fairfax, Dr. Gard later became a teacher for one of the original CTE Engineering programs in PXU. In addition to teaching at Fairfax, Dr. Gard served as the sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Team and helped his students win multiple local and regional awards including Rookie Team of the year and becoming finalists for the National Competition.
While serving as a teacher, Dr. Gard also completed a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision through the Learner Centered Leadership Cadre at Arizona State University (ASU) in December 2008. After the completion of his Master’s degree, Dr. Gard began his work in the D.E.L.T.A. Doctoral Program at ASU.
In 2013, Dr. Gard became the Dean of Students at Central High School where he worked to support students through behavior interventions. In 2014, Dr. Gard became the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Central and for the next four years oversaw testing, academics, Title-1 programming, and Evaluations. Also in 2014, Dr. Gard successfully defended his dissertation and he completed his Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at ASU.
In 2017, Dr. Gard became the Assistant Principal of Registration at Central High School where he presently oversees registration, Counseling, enrollment, and campus staffing. As an educator, public school graduate, and father; Dr. Gard has a passion for public education and student success and well-being. Dr. Gard is committed to finding unique ways to put the interests of our students first while doing everything possible to help them achieve their high school and post-secondary goals.
Assistant Principal for Instruction:
Mr. Jacob LambertEmail: email@example.comAssistant: Gabby GilPhone: 602-764-7513Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities:
Ms. Evana Santee
Assistant: Sandra StringerPhone: 602-764-7515Email: email@example.comI am originally from Hackensack, NJ. I received my BA degree in communications and elementary education from William Paterson University in NJ in 2006. I earned my MS degree in educational administration/supervision from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 2008. I also obtained my graduate certification in special education from Walden University online in 2014. This is my 13th year in education. In 2006, I began my career as a 5th grade language arts and math teacher in MD. From 07-09, I taught kindergarten. I moved back to NJ in 09, and went on to become a high school transition coordinator/job coach for the sped department for 5 years. In 2014, I transitioned to inner city Newark, NJ and became a special education teacher. I taught a self-contained class, grades K-2nd. In 2015, I was promoted to School Operations Manager at a magnet school, grades 6-12. My family and I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2016. I was a history, science, and PE teacher at Desert Heights Academy in Tempe during 2016-17. For the 2017-18 school year, I worked as both the Dean of Students at Maricopa High School, and then was promoted to Vice Principal at Maricopa Wells Middle School in January 2018, serving in that position through May 2018. I am currently the Athletic Director at Central High School and excited about growing the athletic program.
Assistant Principal for Student Services:
Ms. Susan Huntley
Assistant: Cynthia Foley-HernandezPhone: (602) 764-7507