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    Central High School Administration 

     

    Principal: Leticia Avalos 
    Email: lavalos@phoenixunion.org

      
     
    Assistant: Nelly Arenas
    Phone: 602-764-7502
    Email: 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 24th 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:
    Jacob Lambert

    Email: lambert@phoenixunion.org

     

    Assistant: Jasmine Moore 

    Phone: 602-764-7525

    Email:  jmoore1@phoenixunion.org

     

    This is Mr. Lambert’s 4th year at Central High School. Mr. Lambert has previously served as the Assistant Principal of Instruction and Professional Development Specialist at Central High School. Prior to becoming a school administrator Mr. Lambert was an ESS teacher and coach within PXU and various districts throughout the state and in his home state of Illinois. Mr. Lambert comes from a family of educators, following in the footsteps of his grandmother, grandfather, and mother. In his free time he likes to go for a run or cheer for his favorite sports teams! Go Bobcats!

     

    Assistant Principal of Instruction:
    Ms. Jordan Young

     
       
     
     
     
      Assistant: Gabby Gil
      Phone: 602-764-7513

     

    Mrs. Jordan Young grew up in Lake Stevens, Wa which is located just north of Seattle. For undergrad she attended the University of California Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. Upon graduation Mrs. Young was accepted into the 2013 Teach for America Corps and was placed in the Phoenix region. She taught two years of 8th grade science in Avondale while simultaneously earning her Masters in Secondary Science Education from ASU. After completing her TFA commitment, Ms. Young made the transition to PXU.

     

    Mrs. Young spent the last six years as a science teacher at Cesar Chavez High School (CCHS). While at CCHS she served as the Science Instructional Leader, Attendance Committee Chair and the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) Chair. In 2019, Mrs. Young was selected as a full-ride fellow for the rigorous iLeadAZ principal preparatory program at ASU. She completed the 15-month program and graduated with her second Masters in Educational Leadership. This will be Mrs. Young’s first year as an Assistant Principal and she is excited to serve under the Office of Instruction. She is firm believer in educational equity and the importance of building relationships. In her free time Mrs. Young likes to spend time with her husband, family/friends, and two rescue dogs. She also enjoys traveling, tending to her many plants, and completing projects around her home.


     
     

    Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities: 
    Ms. Evana Santee

    Email: santee@phoenixunion.org

    Evana Santee
     

     
    Assistant: Sandra Stringer
    Phone: 602-764-7515
     


    I 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 in my 4th year as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of Student Opportunities at Central High School. I am excited about continuing to improve and grow the athletic programs and department/campus clubs and activities, plus provide students with an enhanced high school experience.
     

    Assistant Principal for Student Services: 
    Mr. Martin Caballero 

    Email: caballero@phoenixunion.org

     

     
    Assistant: Cynthia Foley-Hernandez
    Phone: (602) 764-7507
     

      

    Mr. Martin Caballero was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a product of Phoenix Union High School District as he attended Metro Tech High School and Cesar Chavez High School. Mr. Caballero attended Arizona State University to earn his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. In 2011 Mr. Caballero accepted his first teaching job at Betty H. Fairfax High School where he had the opportunity to teach the math IB program, lead the Senior Advisory Team, and serve as the Boys Varsity Head Coach. During his time at Fairfax, Mr. Caballero was also pursuing his master's degree in Educational Administration which he obtained in 2014.  

    After 6 years of dedicated service to the Fairfax Community, Mr. Caballero decided that he wanted to apply and help open Wilson College Prep, which is one of our small specialty schools within our district. He was very fortunate enough to be the first teacher hired. This was a great opportunity for Mr. Caballero because he was allowed to serve as an admin in training to fully develop his leadership skills. While he was there, he was able to serve as the Instructional Math Leader, Yearbook Teacher, and AVID Teacher. Fortunately, after 4 years, Wilson College Prep had their first graduating class and Mr. Caballero made the decision to finally make the move into administration.  

    This will be Mr. Caballero’s first year as an Assistant Principal of Student Success and he is beyond grateful for the opportunity. He is delighted by the opportunity to learn and truly wants to support all stakeholders in any way possible. He truly believes that building positive relationships is key to student learning. Mr. Caballero loves watching/playing sports, working out, and traveling whenever he has the opportunity.