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Board Members

Mark Gonzales 
President 
 
Email: mgonzales@avondale.k12.az.us 

Born and raised in Avondale, Mr. Gonzales is a Warehouse Manager for Golden State Foods. He attended college in Merced, CA, and Glendale Community College, working on a BA in Elementary Education. He is married and has two children, both graduates of the District. He believes the District's main priority is dealing with the budget and cutbacks. Mark enjoys helping the children of the community, by serving on the Governing Board. He has been a member since January 1993, serving as President from 1997 to January 2017 and again in January 2019 to present.

Mr. Gonzales


Mark Gonzales
 

Megan Griego 
Vice President 
 
Email: mgriego@avondale.k12.az.us

Mrs. Griego is a native of Arizona and grew up in Glendale. After graduating from Cactus High School, she married her high school sweetheart and the pair moved to Okinawa, Japan for five years. While stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, she taught English and American culture to Japanese students and earned a Communications degree from the University of Maryland University College.

Upon returning to Arizona, Mrs.Griego worked in state and local government for 11 years where she gained robust experience in economic development, public relations, and communications. She furthered her education and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and later became certified in Public Participation. 

Since moving to the District in 2010, she was elected as  board member on the Copper Trails Parent Student Association (PTSA) and Southwest Valley PTA Council, served as Continue the Quality Co-Chair to successfully pass the 2016 AESD Override, and actively participated in PCLLC. She also helped start the Avondale-Goodyear Education Foundation and served as President for several years. On March 7, 2017, Mr. Steve Watson, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools appointed her to AESD Governing Board. In January of 2019, she became vice president of the AESD Governing Board.

"My hope is all students have a positive connection with their school and teachers; and that families will continue to choose AESD because of the great educational experience offered."

Mrs. Griego has been married for 18 years and has three children, a preschool-age daughter and two sons who attend Copper Trails School. She works full time for a Tempe-based architect firm where she helps lead business development efforts and oversees client relations. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids playing board games, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping, dancing and visiting family.




Mrs. Griego
Megan Griego

Amy Lowe
Member 

Email: anooden@avondale.k12.az.us

Ms. Lowe and her family moved from the western suburbs of Chicago to Goodyear in 2013. She obtained a performance certificate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, both her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Master's Degree in Music from Northern Illinois University, and completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. Ms. Lowe has been teaching music to children of all ages in the public schools for the past 17 years. She strongly supports public education and advocates for arts education for all students. Ms. Lowe is a member of AMEA, NAfME and Broadcast Music, Inc. She currently directs 6 choirs at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear and assists as vocal/pit director for the spring musicals. Her experience with AESD was as a general music teacher/choir director for the 2013-2014 school year at Desert Thunder, Copper Trails, Wildflower, Lattie Coor and Avondale Middle School. Ms. Lowe is a proud parent of her son, Dan Marino, who is studying vocal performance at the University of Arizona. Ms. Lowe was appointed to the governing board in January 2017.
 
Ms. Lowe


Amy Lowe
 
Elizabeth Canchola
Member

Born and raised in the valley, Mrs. Canchola grew up in the Goodyear/Buckeye areas. She and her husband Joel have four children: Julio, an AESD graduate and currently a student at EMCCLaylah who is student at Copper Trails, and Maximilian and Vanellope who are not of school age.

Mrs. Canchola is past President of the Avondale-Goodyear Education Foundation, served as Continue the Quality Political Action Committee Co-Chair to successfully pass the 2016 Maintenance and Operations Override and served twice as the parent representative for the district at the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Youth Conference. She is also past president of the Copper Trails PTSA, served as the parent member for the Copper Trails School for the Arts Design Team, and is a Chief Science Officers’ SciTech Jedi Mentor. Mrs. Canchola was instrumental in the creation of the AESD puzzle room “The Grade Escape” and the Desert Edge High School STEM Flex Room. She frequently volunteers with Comfort Food for the Homeless Youth and is a staff volunteer with Arizona Service Project. 

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Mrs. Canchola worked for five years in the banking industry as a banker and a financial crimes specialist. She then turned her love for photography into creating her own small business, LizMoon Photography. A graduate of Leadership West Class 24, Mrs. Canchola serves on the Leadership West Alumni Association Council. Mrs. Canchola took business management courses at University of Phoenix, photography courses at EMCC and has a Spanish Medical Interpreter Certificate.

Mrs. Canchola has a passion for serving her family and community.



Robert Vernier
Member

Mr. Vernier has served in public education since 2007. He was born and raised in public schools in a suburb just west of Detroit, MI. Mr. Vernier received his bachelor's degree in Communications Education from Eastern Michigan University in 2007, and his masters degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University in 2016. He spent nine years in the classroom before his current position as a school counselor in the Agua Fria Union District.

Robert is passionate about public schools and is dedicated to ensuring all students succeed. He has served on the board for Arizona Thespians since 2014, and is also a current Fellow with the Association for Career and Technical Education in Arizona. Mr. Vernier is a member of the Arizona and National School Counselor Association, as well as Arizona and National member of the Career Technical Education Association.

“I want to make sure that our students succeed. Every student has different a different set of needs and they are often complex. We must do our best to be sure that we are preparing our community for its future needs in the best possible way.”



Elizabeth Canchola
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Mr. Vernier
Robert Vernier