• Central High School Administration

    Principal: Leticia Avalos 
    Phone: (602) 764-7503
    Assistant: Nelly Arenas
    Phone: 602-764-7502


    Ms. Avalos is 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 as well as two Master’s Degrees from ASU despite many obstacles in life. She started her career in the Glendale Elementary School District, and is currently in her 21st 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, overseeing interventions and campus safety for the largest school in the Phoenix Union High School District. She spent two years at TGB learning about interventions, restorative practices, and instructional leadership. 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 has been blessed with the new assignment of Central High School Principal. She could not be happier to serve Central’s staff, students, and community. This year’s goals are to rebrand Central, improve school-wide systems and increase positive relationships on campus. To capture Central’s adventure so far, follow CEHS_Bobcat on Instagram and Twitter.

    Leticia Avalos  

    Assistant Principal for Registration:

    Dr. Michael Gard

    Phone: 602-764-7526

    Email: mgard@phoenixunion.org 

    Assistant: Christine Messner

    Phone: 602-764-7525

    Email:  messner@phoenixunion.org

    Dr. Michael Gard

    Assistant Principal for Instruction: Dr. Jeffrey Williams

    (602) 764-7611
    Assistant: Gabby Gil
    Phone: 602-764-7513

    Dr. Williams began his work at Central High School in 2010 as an English teacher.  He left Central in 2013 to pursue other opportunities and returned in 2017 as the Assistant Principal for Student Success.  During the current school year, he will serve as the Assistant Principal of Instruction.  Dr. Williams has served as a teacher, a staff developer/instructional coach, and an administrator at schools in the Phoenix area and Queens, NYC.  He has a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from The University of Arizona, a master’s degree in TESOL from Hunter College, and a doctorate of educational leadership and innovation from Arizona State University. 

    Dr. Jeffrey Williams
    Assistant Principal for Student Opportunities: 
    Ms. Evana Santee
    (602) 764-7514
    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 the Athletic Director at Central High School and excited about growing the athletic program.
    Evana Santee  
    Assistant Principal for Student Services: 
    Tad Roeder
    (602) 764-7507
    Email:   roeder@phoenixunion.org
    Assistant: Cynthia Foley-Hernandez

     Tad Roeder is currently in his 7th year in Phoenix Union, and his first as the Assistant Principal for Student Success at Central High School. Originally from Toledo, Washington, Mr. Roeder graduated from the University of Idaho with bachelor’s degrees in political science and secondary education. His teaching career began in the social studies department at Alhambra High School, most recently teaching government, economics, and AP government. Earning a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2016, Mr. Roeder moved into the Leader in Full-Time Training (LIFT) position at Alhambra for the 2017-2018 school year before coming to Central. Tad and his fiancé, Alyssa, will be getting married in the fall of 2019. 

    Tad Roeder