Dr. Linda Littell, executive director of community relations for Tempe Union High School District, recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of the school year.
Her official final day will be on June 30.
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca has worked with Littell for the past eight years, and feels that she has worked tremendously on making sure students across the district were recognized for their achievements.
“She is a tremendous asset not just to Tempe Union, but to the Tempe community being very active with all the activities that take place in our community, whether in Ahwatukee or in Tempe,” he said. “She has been a wonderful face for Tempe Union and the Tempe Union community.”
Littell’s replacement will be Jill Hanks, who has served as an executive producer for Channel 12 News, and has more than 20 years of experience in broadcasting.
While working at Channel 12 News, Hanks’ responsibilities consisted of overseeing special projects, events, the sports department and managing teams both on air and behind the scenes.
This will be Hanks’ first job with Tempe Union.
“I have worked in broadcast for two decades and have given every once of my being to that business and I loved every second of it, but I’m ready for a new challenge and want to try something that will utilize all the expertise I’ve honed in all those years,” Hanks said.
Hanks is eager to work alongside the community of Tempe Union to continue to spread excellence across the district.
“I wanted to try something new, but still feel like I’m making a difference in the community,” she said. “What better way than to work with the next generation and really bring my talents here.”
In the meantime, Littell will be working alongside Hanks to ease her into her new career role.
“Jill and I will be working together to make a smooth transition over the next several weeks. This will also give us the opportunity to do some cooperative communications and marketing planning with the school,” Littell said.
Baca said that it’s always wonderful to have a new set of eyes, outside of the education arena, and that Hanks would bring enthusiasm, professionalism and a clear set of objectives to the position.
“With her being a formal executive producer for Channel 12 News, she brings with her a fair and balanced approach to any type of news story,” Baca said. “She also brings with her a commitment to public education, having the desire to have a career change so that she feels as though she is actually contributing to improving our community and its testament to Tempe Union that a person was attracted to our district from the positive new stories that take place throughout the year.”
During her retirement, Littell plans to enjoy her time focusing on her different hobbies, while finding a small window of time for some work.
She has grown friendships across the district that she will continue to cherish after she says goodbye to Tempe Union.
“I will miss the people in the district and all of the wonderful opportunities that I have had to build relationships with district staff, community and education partners. I have had such wonderful career opportunities in education and in municipal governments and, now it is time to transition into some other areas such as travel, theater, golf and tennis with maybe a bit of part-time work,” Littell said.
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