Board of Education

Image of 2019-2021 Board of Education

2019-2021 Board of Education
Left to Right: Dr. Sumit Dhar; Gil Gibori; Jamie Taylor; Dan Garbis; President, Rick Zelinsky; Vice President, Louise Dechovitz; and Dr. Gretchen Witte Glader

Avoca Mission, Vision & Core Values


The Board’s priorities for students include:

  • Developing a spirit of inquiry and a respect for learning;
  • Acquiring essential knowledge in communication, arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;
  • Developing skills in critical thinking and problem solving;
  • Developing a receptivity to the arts and physical well-being through exposure and active participation;
  • Building an awareness of the environment and the means of conserving it for future generations;
  • Encouraging a conviction of personal worth, individual responsibility, and respect for each person’s contribution to society;
  • Creating an awareness of the peoples of other nations and the ability to adapt to a changing world.