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Dr. Betsy Hargrove, Superintendent

Dr. Betsy Hargrove has been the Superintendent of the Avondale Elementary School District (AESD) since 2012. She provides ongoing leadership and works to engage in continuous improvement by implementing and monitoring the achievement of district goals and mission for every student to grow as a thinker, problem solver and communicator to pursue a future without limits.

Ensuring this mission is reached, Dr. Hargrove and her team actively seek opportunities to build relationships with community stakeholders, business people and civic leaders to make connections within the district and sites. Continuous improvement is the central focus of AESD. High yield instructional practices in a collaborative and collective learning environment have resulted in AESD outperforming the state for growth in achievement 6 years in a row.

Dr. Hargrove has participated in the national STEM EcoSystem Convenings and has presented sessions on coding in the classroom at conferences nationally. She is on multiple NSF grant advisory teams as well as serves on the National Center for Educational Research and Technology Advisory Board, Carnegie's iLEAD Steering Committee and participated on the AZ Tech Task Force and AZ STEM Ecosystem team. Most recently, Dr. Hargrove was named one of Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women and the School Connect Changemaker.

Beyond the shared professional and academic accomplishments of the entire AESD community, Dr. Hargrove is most proud of her two daughters, Morgan and Clare.



Kellie Duguid, Assistant Superintendent

Kellie Duguid, Assistant Superintendent

Mrs. Duguid has served for 22 years in multiple culturally diverse, urban communities as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction. She obtained a Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Mrs. Duguid joined the Avondale Elementary School District, first serving as the director of curriculum and innovation. She was named assistant superintendent for the district in 2019.

Mrs. Duguid holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a Masters degree in Elementary Education with an advanced certification in Educational Leadership from Chapman University.  Most recently, Mrs. Duguid completed and additional leadership certification with the National Institute of School Leaders, where she is now a facilitator for the state of Arizona Beat the Odds/National Institute of School Leaders initiative.

Casey Frank, Deputy Principal

Linda Jeffries, Director of Communications and Public Relations

Jeanette Burgos, Executive Secretary to the Superintendent and Governing Board