Governing Board Members are elected to four-year terms in non-partisan elections to represent the residents within the district’s boundaries. Elections are held in November every other year. The majority of Board seats (three in our district) are up for election in presidential election years. Board members volunteer their time and meet several times per month. Boardsmanship requires a significant time commitment, not only in terms of meetings and related events but in preparation. Our governing board is a member of the Arizona School Boards Association.
Individuals interested in running for the Governing Board may request more information from the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office at (602) 506-3866.
Current Board Members
Mary Lou Taylor, President
Mary Lou Taylor was elected to the board in 2002.
current term on the board expires in 2014.
Mrs. Taylor and her family have lived in Tempe since 1966.
Her three daughters graduated from McClintock High School. Mrs. Taylor
taught in public schools for 38 years. She currently serves as president
of the Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (Teachers). She is on the board
of Tempe Nuevo Kiwanis Club. She has served as a facilitator of school
site-based councils. She was a finalist for Scottsdale’s Teacher of the
Year Award in 1999.
Moses Sanchez, Vice President
Moses Sanchez was elected to the board in 2012.
His current term on the board expires in 2016.
Mr. Sanchez and his wife Maria reside in Ahwatukee with their two teenagers who attend Desert Vista High School. Moses is active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee and Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He has served in the US Navy for 12 years, 3 years active and 9 years as a reservist, with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.
Mr. Sanchez holds a BS in Business Management and an MBA and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He is currently teaching at South Mountain Community College and works at BMO Harris Bank.
Helm is now serving her fourth term on the Tempe Union High School
District Governing Board. During her first term, she served as
vice-president and president.
Her current term expires in 2016.
Helm holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s
degree in administration and policy studies, both from Arizona State
University. She has lived in Tempe for 32 years and has taught middle
school students for 22 years. She is the parent of two children.
David Schapira was elected to the board in 2010.
His current term on the board expires in 2014.
Mr. Schapira is a native Arizonan. He is a small
business owner and an ASU educator whose career has been rooted in
improving his community. David represented Tempe and South
Scottsdale in the Arizona Legislature from 2006-2012.
Mr. Schapira previously worked as a public high school
teacher in the Valley and as an aide to US Senator Tom Daschle in
Washington, DC. David, a cancer survivor, has also worked with the
American Cancer Society both as staff and as a volunteer. A product of
Arizona public schools, he attended Arizona State University and
Northern Arizona University before receiving his Bachelor's Degree in
Political Science from The George Washington University.
Mr. Schapira and his wife Rosemary reside in Tempe with their two daughters.
Sandy Lowe was elected to the board in 2012.
Her current term expires in 2016.
Mrs. Lowe has lived in Tempe since 1987 with her husband Mike and two sons Patrick and Christopher, graduates of Corona del Sol. She has been an active parent in education for over 18 years and her experience includes parent organization leadership roles, Site Council representative and District committees as a parent stakeholder.
Mrs. Lowe holds a B.S. in Social Work (Univ. of Minn.) and an M.B.A. from ASU. She retired from APS after 18 years of working in Research, Marketing and Rates.
Past TUHSD Governing Board Members
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:41