Administrative Resources Department

In the Littleton Elementary School District, we have a clear vision. We strive to ensure that every student succeeds and receives excellence in education. All students are capable of success; there are no exceptions! Every member of our administrative resource team makes decisions that consider the student first. They also consider how those decisions will affect student success. Our organization consists of our superintendent, Dr. Roger Freeman, who leads our two chiefs, each with specific responsibilities. Our team makes decisions collaboratively and authentically. These decisions range from curriculum development and hiring to food choices and building maintenance. We are a culture of exploration, innovation, and core values. We welcome your ideas and appreciate your support. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are here to serve the Littleton ESD community.

Administration

Dr. Roger Freeman
Superintendent
P: (623) 478.5611
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Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
Superintendent
Meet Dr. Freeman

Dr. Freeman became the Littleton Elementary School District Superintendent in 2006. During his tenure, the district has had to respond to both rapid growth and extreme recessionary cuts. Under his leadership, the district has implemented a series of capital projects, including three new state-of-the-art schools and four extensive renovations. The district is home to choice enrollment schools with in-depth curricular options for families and has earned recognition for its performance in several areas.

The district actively develops leadership at all levels to help leaders learn to constructively manage change. Dr. Freeman speaks and presents at professional meetings; serves on educational organization and department of education advisory committees in the areas of public policy and testing and accountability; has served on numerous professional committees and boards; and has been an active member of professional associations.

Dr. Freeman has also served a term as a JTED School Board member for West MEC. He was nominated by Littleton board members and staff for Arizona Superintendent of the Year and was recognized as the 2010 All Arizona Superintendent for medium size districts. Dr. Freeman was also awarded the Arizona Distinguished Administrator for Superintendents in 2011. He currently serves on the board of directors for ABEC, where he serves as co-chair of the policy committee, and WestMARC, where he serves as co-chair of the education and workforce development committee. Dr. Freeman recently completed his fourth term on the Arizona School Administrators Association board, where he served an unprecedented two years as president.

Before coming to Littleton, he worked in instructional support and as a principal at Paradise Valley Unified School District. He served for twelve years as principal at two Arizona A++ Title I schools and earned the Arizona Distinguished Administrator award for the elementary level in 2002. Dr. Freeman earned his doctorate from Arizona State University and taught as a graduate instructor of teaching foundations and methods for several years. Before entering administration, Dr. Freeman taught in Texas and Arizona for five years and was department chairperson for mathematics at Estrella Middle School.

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Ms. Ada C. Cillis
Admin. Asst. and Secretary to Board
P: (623) 478.5611 Office
F: (623) 478.5625
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Ada C. Cillis
Ada C. Cillis
Admin. Asst. and Secretary to Board
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Dr. Lisa Kelley
Chief Academic Officer 
P: (623) 478.5637
F: (623) 478.5639
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Lisa Kelley
Lisa Kelley
Chief Academic Officer 
Meet Dr. Kelley

Ms. Kelley came to Littleton as the executive director for human resources in 2007. She has been an education program specialist in the Highly Qualified Professionals Unit at the Arizona Department of Education during the years 2005–2007. While there, she was awarded the Targeted High Needs Initiative (THNI) grant from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to promote certification in the 14 school districts serving the City of Phoenix. She was also responsible for the formation of the State Board of Education's Performance-Based Compensation System Task Force while serving as the state superintendent's designee.

Ms. Kelley is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix; instructor for masters in curriculum and instruction, masters in teaching, and bachelor of science in elementary education. She has been highly involved in professional development during her career, serving as an instructional coach, coordinator, and facilitator of a teacher induction program to assist teachers new to the profession.

She has received the following achievements and recognition:

  • 2003 Teacher of the Year nominee for West Point Elementary School
  • 2002 Silvaroli Language and Literacy Award nominee
  • 2001 Teacher of the Year nominee for Hilton Head Elementary School
  • 2000 Disney Teacher of the Year nominee
  • 1999 National Board Certified Teacher/Middle Childhood Generalist

Departments

Chief of Staff & Accountability

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Personnel
  • Professional Development
  • Calendars
  • Exceptional Learners

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Ms. Elba Lozano
Admin. Asst. Chief Academic Officer
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Elba Lozano
Elba Lozano
Admin. Asst. Chief Academic Officer
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Ms. Phyllis Kinder
Chief Operations Officer
P: (623) 478.5616
F: (623) 478.5620
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Phyllis Kinder
Phyllis Kinder
Chief Operations Officer
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Ms. Kinder joined the Littleton administrative team in October of 2013 as the executive director of business services. At that time, Ms. Kinder came to the district with 16 years of experience in various school finance positions. During her time with LESD, her position has expanded to include oversight of food services, facilities, transportation, and warehouse services. Ms. Kinder continues to be an active member of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO), the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Ms. Kinder currently serves on the advisory board for Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust, and she co­chairs the Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council (GPEMC) Business Division.

Departments

Chief Operations Officer

  • Receiving
  • Purchasing
  • Payroll
  • Benefits
  • Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Vendors
  • Tax Credit
  • Food Services

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Ms. Elyse Orozco
Admin. Asst. - Chief Operations Officer
P: (623) 478.5616
F: (623) 478.5620
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Elyse Orozco
Elyse Orozco
Admin. Asst. - Chief Operations Officer
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Ms. Sue Chyzy
Executive Director of School Support 
P: (623) 478.5880
F: (623) 478.5885
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Sue Chyzy
Sue Chyzy
Executive Director of School Support 
Meet Ms. Chyzy

Sue Chyzy was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After earning a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, she moved across the country and joined the Littleton staff in the fall of 1988. She has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Littleton and then Underdown. During that time, she received a Westside Impact Teacher of the Year Award, an Arizona Educator Award, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. As Cashion grew and technology expanded, she began to develop a technology department and is now part of a team keeping Littleton connected.

Departments

Executive Director of School Support

  • Enrollment
  • Technology
  • Data Services
  • Student Records
  • Communications
  • Family Services

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Admin Asst. - Executive Director of School Support
P: (623) 478.5880
F: (623) 478.5885
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Admin Asst. - Executive Director of School Support
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Ms. Kristen Vande Water
Executive Director of School Leadership
P: (623) 478.5605
F: (623) 478.5645
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Kristen Vande Water
Kristen Vande Water
Executive Director of School Leadership
Meet Ms. Vande Water

Ms. Kristen Vande Water joined the Littleton administrative team in July of 2018. She has served public education since 1998 as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and the director of k-12 curriculum and instruction. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2000 and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2004 from Arizona State University. She won the Pride of Peoria Award in 2004 for excellence in teaching and was a bronze and silver award winner for the Beat the Odds Institute as a principal in 2013. She continues to be focused on the teaching and learning cycle from preschool through twelfth grade.

Departments

  • School Leadership
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Supervision & Assessment
  • Signature Programs
  • Athletics
  • Discipline
  • Community Connectedness
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • School Climate & Citizenship
  • Parent-Student Handbook

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Ms. Vianey Fong
Admin. Asst. - Executive Dir of School Leadership
P: (623) 478.5605
F: (623) 478.5645
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Vianey Fong
Vianey Fong
Admin. Asst. - Executive Dir of School Leadership
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Ms. Anamaria Quintanilla
District Receptionist
P: (623) 478.5600
F: (623) 478.5625
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Anamaria Quintanilla
Anamaria Quintanilla
District Receptionist
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