Governing Board - Propelling the Vision

Board President

Phone: (623) 932-7000

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Mrs. Vickie Landis

Philosophy of Education: I believe all students deserve opportunities and promising futures that education provides. As our workforce continues to evolve, it is our responsibility to ensure that our students are prepared to achieve their goals and reach their potential.

Background: I have 25 years of experience in education as a practitioner. I have been a teacher, coach, mentor, assistant principal, and director of curriculum and instruction, with the first fifteen years of my career in the classroom.  I have worked in the Agua Fria Union High District, and my children attend school in the district. With my experiences in education as a professional, parent, and community member, I look forward to making informed decisions with students and community in mind.

Goal for Agua Fria Union High School District: As a community, we have high expectations for our schools, and I am excited to support the district’s strategic plan in order to provide the best education and opportunities for all students. As we continue to improve, I look forward to Agua Fria Union High Schools being recognized for distinction at the state and national level.

Board Term: January 2019 – December 2022 

Board Vice President

Phone: (623) 932-7000

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Degrees and Certifications:

Achieved Certificate of Orientation, 2005 Achieved Certificate of Boardsmanship, 2010 Achieved Associate of Boardsmanship, 2011 Achieved Master of Boardsmanship, 2011 Achieved STAR COPPER Award, 2013 Achieved STAR TURQUOISE Award, 2017

Ms. Maxine Hill

Philosophy of Education: Our District Vision of “All Students College and Career Ready” compels us to be strong advocates for our students and our schools. Strategic planning, effective administration, highly qualified teachers, great support staff, involved parents and supportive community must continue to work together to provide the instructional framework necessary for high expectations, engagement of students, alignment to standards, and academic rigor that will result in student success.

Background: I am a native of Detroit, Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in June of 1973, and a Master of Education degree was conferred in 1979 from Wayne State University. My career in education began in 1973 upon joining the Detroit Board of Education as a Teacher Coordinator in Distributive Education at Northeastern High School. I have served as adjunct faculty at Wayne County Community College, Detroit, Michigan; University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Extension; and Chicago State University. I have served as an elected trustee of Oakton Community College and as vice president of the Illinois Association of Community College Trustees. I have served on several City of Goodyear committees, was elected as ASBA/Black Caucus President in 2014-2015, and have been privileged to serve on the Agua Fria Union High School District Governing Board (Board President in 2013 and 2015).

Goal for Agua Fria Union High School District: As your Governing Board, our goal is to increase academic performance of ALL students, and to provide ALL students with the tools needed for post-secondary and workforce success. Collaboration of and continued support from all stakeholders is important in doing what it takes to afford students optimal educational opportunities and to make the Agua Fria Union High School District superior in every way.

Board Term: January 2019 – December 2022

 

Board Member

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Mrs. Kristen Acton

Philosophy of Education: All children should be viewed as individuals, capable of learning and achieving success, given the right tools. As educators and community members we are here to support them, and provide the needs to positively persevere toward adulthood and a college or career ready path. 

Background: I am an Arizona and West Valley native. I am a Registered Nurse at a valley hospital as well as a small business owner. I was appointed to the Maricopa Board of Public Health in 2019. I  am married with 3 children.

Goals for AFUHSD: To continue to move forward in providing the most effective educationalservices and opportunities possible for our students. We must be prepared tovadapt to the growing valley, rising to not merely meet the expected needs but excel as a district for the benefit of all students.

 

Board Member

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Mrs. Gina DeCoste

Philosophy of Education: A positive culture and climate are the heart of improvement and growth.  I believe it is our responsibility to provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for further education, employment, and responsible citizenship.  To accomplish this, we need to regularly evaluate our teaching and educational programs, and maintain our commitment to academic excellence.

Background: I grew up in Ohio where I attended both public and parochial schools throughout my formative years. During my junior and senior years, I tutored special education students in reading during my study hall. I knew at 17 that I wanted to go to college to become a special education teacher.  I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and was a special education teacher for 3 years before I moved to Arizona. I fell in love with the beautiful state of Arizona the first time I visited. 

I moved here in 1996 as a special educator, met my husband, and raised my two sons in the West Valley where they attended school K-8 in the Litchfield ESD and graduated from Verrado High School. I received a Master of Educational Leadership from Arizona State University and continued my special education teaching career. I joined the Litchfield ESD in 2004 as a special education teacher, shortly after that I began moving into leadership roles at the district level. In 2010 I was given the unique and amazing opportunity to be the planning principal and open a new elementary school, Mabel Padgett Elementary School where I was the Principal for 8 years.  I believe my various roles throughout 27 years in education, my recent professional experience as the Executive Director of Programs and Instruction in the Litchfield Elementary School District and my current position as a governing board member allow me to see a wide variety of perspectives needed in planning and decision making in the current state of education today.

Goal for Agua Fria Union High School District  As a former parent in the district with a 27-year background in education, I am very invested in our community and students we serve. I see myself as a liaison between the community and AFHS district. I believe it takes a collaborative effort from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, students, and community members to have a successful district that provides an excellent environment for teaching and learning.  I plan to continue to provide teachers and administrators with the tools and resources they need to ensure the success of all of our students in a continually growing, diverse school district despite reduced school funding.

Board Term: January 2021 – December 2024

Board Member

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Mr. Trey Terry

Philosophy of Education: It is our responsibility to provide our students with the resources necessary to learn, grow, and position themselves for future success, so they can become responsible and productive citizens in our community.

Background: I am a 2005 graduate of Millennium High School. I then joined the United States Army where I served along the DMZ in Korea before being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducting over 100 time-sensitive combat raids on high-value targets. Since being honorably discharged from active duty, I have worked extensively in public affairs and public policy, including jobs in Washington DC for a member of the US House of Representatives, and here in Arizona for the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. My wife and I live in Goodyear, where we are raising our young children.

Goal for Agua Fria Union High School District: As a graduate of the district, and the parent of multiple children who will eventually be attending school within the district, I will be committed to ensuring the long-term attractiveness and success for the district. It is vital we ensure every student leaves our district prepared to enter the workforce or continue their education, with the tools necessary to achieve future success.

Board Term: January 2021 – December 2024