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Mrs. Denise Guenther

Term - January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2022

When I decided to run for Florence Governing Board in 2010, I was asked “why?” and it was a simple answer… I believe in traditional public education. That passion has only grown since. My children all have attended Florence Schools since 2006. I have a son that graduated from Poston Butte in 2012, another son graduated from Poston Butte in 2015 and my daughter will graduate from Poston Butte in 2020. My desire for a great education does not stop at my own children because all kids deserve a world-class education. Great public schools build great communities.  I began my first term in 2011 and re-elected to a second term to begin in 2015. During my terms, I have served as Board Vice President for two years and Board President for the past three years. As a district, we have made great strides in becoming a District by Design. We are improving in our test scores, school cultures are remarkable, we have leaders in place that truly believe in Kids First and have grown in size with the passing of the Consolidation that added three new schools to the Florence District Family. It is a true honor to serve the Students and the Community of Florence Unified.

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Mr. Steve Johnson

Term - January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2022

Steve and his wife have lived in the Johnson Ranch sub-division of San Tan Talley since 2003. Steve has always been active in the community. He has volunteered his time with numerous organizations but has remained a board of director for the Copper Basin YMCA and San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the Pinal County Director for the Arizona School Board Association.  Steve owns a State Farm Insurance Agency and enjoys being a Good Neighbor. He is a member of the Gila Valley Masonic Lodge # 9 in Florence AZ. In his spare time, he enjoys officiating football, baseball and announcing Bronco basketball at Poston Butte. Steve and his wife have been host parents for several exchange students in FUSD.

Steve firmly believes that you should give back to your community and leave it better than you found it. He also believes that a quality education is essential for a child’s journey to be successful. In addition, he believes strong schools build strong communities which benefit everybody. He is committed to building  FUSD by design and not by chance. 

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Mr. Roger Biede

Roger Biede is an 11 year resident of Florence and was elected to the Florence Unified School District Governing Board in January, 2021. Currently, Roger is the Executive Director of the Florence Chamber of Commerce. He has seen the Florence/San Tan areas grow exponentially and while FUSD expands he wants to ensure that our future leaders have the education to lead in that growth in the future. Being a part of and working with the Governing Board is a natural complement to his dedication and service to the Community.   Roger brings valuable experience and leadership to the challenges facing the District and is honored to be a part of making positive and equitable changes for the benefit of every student. 

Roger and his wife have raised two sons and a springer spaniel in San Tan Valley. He volunteers on the Boards of the Pinal County Historical Society, the Friends of the Casa Grande Ruins, George Roskruge Masonic Library and Museum, McFarland State Park and Gila Valley Lodge No. 9 F. & A.M..  He is active as part of the Town of Florence Strategic Planning Committee, the local merchant Main Street programs, and can often be found around the District at many events.

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Ms. Sherri Jones

Sherri Jones has worked with or on behalf of young children for over 20 years in Arizona. Her experience has included after school lead teacher, school age enrichment program manager, early childhood specialist, program coordinator, leadership coach and program development specialist. She has been a part of Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and First Things First (FTF) funded programs, including coordinating a statewide ADES funded quality improvement program supporting private and public school early childhood education programs with pursuing national accreditation.

Having spent over fifteen years in the non-profit organization sector, Sherri brings valuable skills with community engagement, relationship building and networking across Arizona rural, urban and tribal communities. She has been a part of statewide initiatives focused on children birth through school age, supporting continuing education for educators and a variety of concerns impacting Arizona families. Sherri currently works for the State of Arizona, overseeing several federally funded statewide contracts focused on a variety of topics impacting children, professional development for educators and family support resources.

On the School Board, Sherri will focus on ensuring every child has an opportunity to succeed, that policies work to close the student achievement gap, and that decisions are made transparently so parents, teachers and the community all have a voice in the decision-making process. Sherri is committed to ensuring that FUSD has a safe, inclusive school environment, proper fiscal management of the budget, protection of the arts, and supports for higher education and career skill building that are critical to student education and success.

Sherri was born and raised in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey area. She moved to Arizona in 1995, later making San Tan Valley home, in 2004. She is a proud graduate of Arizona State University, where she studied Family Resources and Human Development.

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Ms. Tammy Quist

Tammy has over 30 years of experience in business, education and professional development related fields. She has been a teacher, principal, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, school improvement coordinator, coach for individuals and teams, and a consultant through restructuring and reform efforts for every grade level K-16. She considers herself a “thought leader and agent of change” - always looking at ways of improving her own performance as well as facilitating the growth of others. Her professional mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of others by collaborating, increasing knowledge and skills, and inspiring learners to grow and develop into their best selves. This includes working with teachers, administrators, schools, districts and the business and larger community to create equity and close the achievement gaps that exist between various student groups who are often under-served: students of color, students in poverty, and exceptional learners.

Her ultimate goal is to assist educators in providing a world class education for ALL students, one in which each student is an engaged participant who recognizes his/her responsibility and contribution to society as a whole. This means rigorous, relevant instruction and a service-oriented global perspective which enables our next generation to solve the myriad of problems that exist in our world today.

Tammy has always been an active community member and serves on advisory councils, state level boards, and volunteers whenever and wherever she is able. Tammy’s accolades include being selected Teacher of the Year in California as well as nominated for Colorado Principal of the Year. However, her biggest professional distinctions happen when the students, teachers, and leaders ultimately serve,  grow, excel and are recognized for their outstanding efforts and performance.

Tammy lives in San Tan Valley with two humans and five four-legged furry friends.  She is mom to three adult children and Grandma to one amazing grandson, all of whom also live in STV.  When she's not working with schools, children, and the community, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors.