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Board Members

Noemi Cabrales 
President
 
Email: ncabral@avondale.k12.az.us 

Mrs. Cabrales attended AESD from kindergarten through middle school. After high school, she attended ASU, where she had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Spain and graduate with a Bachelor in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She is currently an Administrative Secretary with the Agua Fria Union High School District.

“As a student, educator and community member, I believe I have a balanced view of education. My true passion is education and I would like to take my passion and balanced view of education to AESD; to be a part of student achievement.”

Dr. Donald D. Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, appointed Mrs. Noemi Cabrales to the AESD Governing Board on March 20, 2013.  Ms. Cabrales was elected as governing board president in January 2017.


Noemi Cabrales

Noemi Cabrales
 
Nathan Barba
Vice President 
 
Email: nbarba@avondale.k12.az.us

Mr.  Barba has a strong personal connection to AESD. He is an Arizona native that has lived in Goodyear for 32 years. He attended AESD from 1987-1996. He has seen the district grow from just a few schools in Avondale to the district is has become today. As a Board Member, be would like to build on the current vision while leveraging his experience to help others achieve success and academic excellence. Mr. Barba currently lives west of Old Town Avondale with his wife and two sons.  Mr. Barba was elected as governing board Vice President in January 2017.

 

Nathan Barba

Nathan Barba 
 

Mark Gonzales 
Member 
 
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.

Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales

Amy Nooden 
Member 

Email: anooden@avondale.k12.az.us 

Mrs. Nooden 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. Mrs. Nooden 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. Mrs. Nooden 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. Mrs. Nooden and her husband are proud parents of their son, Dan Marino, who is studying vocal performance at the University of Arizona. Mrs. Nooden was appointed to the governing board in January 2017.
 
Amy Nooden

Amy Nooden
 
Megan Griego
Member

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. She will fill the board vacancy until December 2018.

"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.

 Megan Griego

Megan Griego