Governing Board

Notices of public meetings for Academy of Math and Science Schools, as may be required under A.R.S. 38-432 et seq., will be posted on the school glass windows at each individual school and in the lobby of 3448 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, Arizona. The lobby is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays and shall contain the information required by law.  

Board Members



Steven Garbade is an experienced executive, leader, and developer of in the field of educational information technology.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, currently marketing professional at McMurry/TMG marketing agency, with executive experience in the development of educational information technology systems that serve over one million students.



Robert Avalos is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Arizona Bank and Trust with over 13 years of experience in commercial, industrial, non-profit, and real estate lending.  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from New Mexico State University, and has volunteer experience working in non-profits in various capacities including as a board member. 


Catherine Borinstein has over 18 years of executive management experience with an extensive background in marketing.  Currently, she is a marketing and development consultant. Previously she was Arts and Culture Advisor in Mayor Rothschild’s office in Tucson, Arizona. Her marketing background includes retail, newspaper, and even construction. Her volunteer services have included: Integrative Touch for Kids special events committee, United Way, Salvation Army, Cass Community Social Services and Race for the Cure.



He is in his sixth year of fulltime employment with AMS. Mr. Chayka is a published author with contributions ranging from newspapers, education blogs, and the Journal of School Choice. In 2016, he received the Hammer award from Glenn Hammer, President of Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a regular contributor at Arizona Charter School Association’s Annual Conference on topics including replication and scaling, facilities development and academics, and he has led presentations at other conferences, including A for Arizona’s Annual Conference and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Annual Conference. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona, majoring in Business Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a New Schools for Phoenix 2015 Fellow.



Ms. Chayka has more than 26 years of education and administrative experience in both secondary and post-secondary settings. In 2000, Ms. Chayka founded the AMS Prince School in Tucson, Arizona. Her vision was to create a school which offered a superior education in mathematics and science to at-risk and under-served students who are traditionally denied the opportunity of a quality education. She has conducted research regarding student achievement which has been published by Richard Schmuck in “Practical Action Research.” She has presented on grant funding at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference. Ms. Chayka graduated with a Master of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics from the University of Pedagogy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision with a focus in Business from Arizona State University’s Leadership for Educational Entrepreneur’s program.



Lee Evans is an accomplished human resources innovator with over 15 years of experience designing and streamlining human resource functions for organizations.  She holds a Masters of Science in Sociology from the University of Mississippi.  Ms. Evans is a past Vice President of Human Resources for eInstruction, a company specializing in standards-based data analysis and instructional professional development.



Holly Marcus is a licensed real estate agent with Homesmart. Holly Marcus holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in marketing, from Drake university. She has nearly 20 years of experience in her profession accumulated at various companies such as Monster (a leading global online careers company), Insight Enterprises (a technology solutions providing specializing in networking), and within the manufactured home industry. She has served in several volunteer roles including on the Arizona Society of Human Resource Management (AZ SHRM) and on the fundraising committee of an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

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