Tolleson Elementary School District

Expecting Excellence, Inspiring Innovation, Achieving Greatness

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  • Our Mission

    Tolleson Elementary School District: believes, educates, motivates and prepares all children.

    Our Vision

    Tolleson Elementary School District: Expecting excellence, inspiring innovation and achieving greatness.



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  • District Awards 
    2012-Lou Ella Kleinz Award-Highest Award for Governing Board in Arizona
    2014-ELL Students Success Story of the Year in Arizona-Porfirio H. Gonzales
    2014-Jane Romatzke Out-Of-School-Time Leader Award-Supt. Hightower
    2014-Rodel Early Childhood Exemplary Teacher-Ms. Damron
    2014-Future Leader of Tomorrow Award-Curriculum Director Ms. Herrera
    2013-2014-Exemplary Principal Rodel Semi-Finalist-Principal Ms. Catlett
    2014-3rd Place Odyssey of the Mind Competition Sheely Farms Elementary
    2015-Outstanding Administrator of the Year-Ms. Mills
    2015-National Education Leadership Award from JAG- Supt. Hightower
    2016-National Model Kids at Hope School- Desert Oasis Elementary
    2017-Community Choice Award- TESD Mariachi Band led by Mr. Casillas
    2017-ELL Student Success Story of the Year in Arizona- Porfirio H. Gonzales
    2018-National Model Kids at Hope School- Porfirio H. Gonzales
    2018-Community Choice Award Runner Up- TESD Mariachi Band led by Mr. Casillas

    2018-Child Nutrition Service Account of the Year – Chartwells West Region
    2018-Outstanding Board Member of the Year-Ms. Tida Garcia
    2018-Esperanza Latino Teacher of the Year Mr. Efrain Casillas
    2019-Community Choice Award Runner Up- TESD Mariachi Band led by Mr. Casillas
    2019- National Latinx Superintendent of the Year- Dr. Lupita Ley Hightower