Governing Board

The Littleton Elementary School District Governing Board consists of five community members who work together to ensure that the students in our schools receive the best education possible. They are community advocates for our schools and meet together regularly to make decisions regarding school policies, budget allocations, and educational goals.

We want to extend a warm invitation to the public to attend and/or view our regular Board meetings. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. In person meetings are held in the Underdown Learning Center Auditorium, 1600 S. 107th Avenue, Avondale, Arizona. A livestreaming option is available for all Governing Board meetings through our Littleton District YouTube Channel.

The Governing Board appreciates constituent participation and asks that attendees address the Board in person when meetings are open for a live audience. Comments will be limited to three minutes. For meetings conducted solely through a digital platform, please email public participation comments to the Board secretary prior to the beginning of the meeting. Please include your name and contact information. Comments received electronically prior to the meeting will be read aloud and will be limited to 400 words.

We post all meeting agendas more than 24 hours in advance on the east wall of the center, under the canopy, as well as on our electronic boardbook site, SIMBLI. You can view Board meeting agendas and minutes by clicking on the SIMBLI icon on this page and choosing the meeting listing. You may also view the meeting video recordings by clicking on the links available on this page also to the right.

For mitigation measures for the Board meeting, please view our COVID-19 Updates page and scroll to the Littleton Safe Return to In Person Learning and Mitigation Plan. The plan indicates the meeting mode and safety measures for the instructional model in place at the time of the meeting.

Governing Board Goals

Meet Our Board Members

Kathy Reyes

Mrs. Kathy Reyes
President
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Kathy Reyes
Kathy Reyes
President
Meet Mrs. Reyes

Mrs. Reyes has called Avondale her home since 1970 and has been involved in the community for many years. She has been a member of the Littleton Elementary School District’s Governing Board for over 20 years.

Mrs. Reyes' spouse and two adult sons attended the Littleton District in the past. She currently has a grandchild attending school in the district.

Mrs. Reyes currently works for the city of Avondale and enjoys spending time with her family.

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Curtis Nielson

Mr. Curtis Nielson
Vice President
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Curtis Nielson
Curtis Nielson
Vice President
Meet Mr. Nielson

Mr. M. Curtis Nielson has been on the Littleton Elementary School Board since 2017. He has spent his career in the Arizona copper industry and is retired and finds many opportunities to serve in the community. He is keenly aware of the importance of education, as his parents and five siblings were all in various areas of education. He only ventured out into engineering and management. Even in the management arena, Mr. Nielson found ways to teach and inspire the workers to understand the process and improve their livelihoods. He and his first wife Sandi spent countless hours at and with the school as their children grew up. 

Mr. Nielson has been involved in teaching and community activities throughout his life. A leader and co-leader in boy and girl scouts, bishop of his local church, member of the Avondale City Council, member of his HOA board and treasure for four political action committees (PAC) for bond and override elections in the Littleton and Tolleson School districts. 

Member Nielson has lived in Arizona since 1976 and has been an Avondale resident since 2004. He lives with his current wife, Patti. They together have nine children and 26 grandchildren.

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Sara Contreras

Mrs. Sara Contreras
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Sara Contreras
Sara Contreras
Member
Meet Mrs. Contreras

Sara Contreras is beginning her first term as a board member for the Littleton Elementary School District Governing Board. Mrs. Contreras has earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Ottawa University and a Masters degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.

Mrs. Contreras is the Department Chair for Special Services at Sierra Linda High School in the Tolleson Union High School District. Prior to becoming department chair, she taught in the Special Services Department at Sierra Linda High School. Not only is Mrs. Contreras employed with the Tolleson Union High School District, but she is also a product of it as well. She was a graduate of Westview High School in 2001.

Mrs. Contreras is personally committed to the west valley and the Littleton community. She has been a resident of the west valley since she was two years old while her husband, Lupe Contreras was born and raised in Cashion, Arizona. Together they reside in the Littleton district community with their three children that attend school in the district.

Mrs. Contreras has chosen the school board because she felt it was an opportunity to give back and contribute to the community where she resides and has personal ties. Being an educator herself, her goal is to advocate using her experiences and professional knowledge for the students, parents, teachers, and staff within the Littleton community. She believes strongly in public education and the importance of providing opportunities for overall educational success.  

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Amy Soucinek

Mrs. Amy Soucinek
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Amy Soucinek
Amy Soucinek
Member
Meet Mrs. Soucinek

Amy Soucinek has been on the Littleton Elementary School Board since January of 2013, and has served as board president in the past. Mrs. Soucinek currently holds a master's in education with an emphasis on curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University. She earned a bachelor of arts in communications and political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She has worked as a junior high and elementary teacher in the Buckeye Elementary School District since 2006. Mrs. Soucinek is a proud 2002 graduate of Tolleson Union High School. Go, Wolverines! 

Being involved in her community is important to her. Mrs. Soucinek is currently the vice president of Valor Belles, a non-profit organization that serves past, present, and future veterans and veteran organizations through community outreach, education, support, and collaboration. Having been a teacher, Mrs. Soucinek thought she understood (almost) everything about the education field, but she quickly realized she was wrong when she became a parent in 2013 and again in 2015. She has always been passionate about educating youth and believes every child deserves a high-quality education, yet that passion now has an even bigger emphasis on ensuring that students with special needs receive everything they need to be successful. Mrs. Soucinek is eager to continue to see the success of all students as the Littleton District continues to learn, care, and grow together. 

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