Litchfield Elementary School District

Melissa Zuidema, Kimberly Moran and Alayne Weathersby began their terms this month with the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Zuidema won an open two-year governing board seat. Moran and Weathersby went uncontested for four-year seats.

The elected officials who comprise a school district governing board make important decisions that directly impact its students, staff and community. As advocates for the students, the governing board sets the district’s direction, establishes the structure to ensure all students are served, provides support and ensures accountability.

Zuidema said she believes strongly in parent and community support for our local schools. For the last 12 years, she has been actively involved in education, having been on multiple LESD PTA boards. Zuidema serves on the Arizona PTA board of managers as the Southwest Valley PTA Council president. She said she feels the district’s success comes from its world-class teachers and staff. She plans to work with all stakeholders to make open-minded decisions that focus on student growth and achievement while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Maricopa County Superintendent Steve Watson appointed Moran in February. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Moran founded an accounting firm. Moran has served as the treasurer of the Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation and Continue the Quality, a nonprofit organization that promotes bond and override campaigns for a number of West Valley districts. She serves as treasurer for The Church at Litchfield Park and is an active member of Gals of the West, Litchfield Elementary School PTSA, Western Sky Middle School PTA, and Millennium High School band boosters.

Weathersby was the Litchfield Elementary School art teacher for 10 years and recently began working at Millennium High School, where her daughter, a Litchfield alumna, is a student. Weathersby is the Millennium High School Swim and Dive Booster Club president and co-director of A Little Drama. She is also a member of Women Who Code. Weathersby said she is excited about this opportunity and hopes to focus on meeting students’ and teachers’ needs.