Administration, Faculty & Staff


Mrs. Veronica Lopez – Principal      

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Northern Arizona University – Master Educational Leadership / Master Bi-lingual Multi-Cultural Studies.

Undergraduate Education – Adams State University, Alamosa, CO 

Certifications – Early Childhood Education, Reading Endorsement, English

       as a Second Language, Principal, Superintendent, K-8 Teaching –  FEMA Certified

Eucharistic Minister, Christmas Program Coordinator

Awards – Circle of Honor – Arizona

27 years in Education


Shara Castro – 8th Grade Teacher


University of Norther Arizona – Master in Elementary Education

University of Arizona – Bachelors of Science – Business Administration & Finance

Certifications – AZ State Certified Teacher, Focused learning in Science, SEI, 

Teaches Middle School/Jr. High Science and Social Studies Focus in STEM Education

Science Fair Coordinator, First LEGO League Advisor

10 years in Teaching

3 Years at St. Francis


Mrs. Mary Kay Gossman Lead Teacher, 7th Grade Teacher        


Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA – Bachelors of Arts in Education

Teaches Religion and Math – Middle School/Jr. High

Certifications – SEI, Religion Level 2 Certification – FEMA Certified

Math Counts Sponsor

31 years at St. Francis School

43 years in Education


Mrs. Jennifer Casanova – 6th Grade Teacher   


Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership 

Bachelors in Elementary Education

Teaches Language Arts and English – Middle Grades/Jr. High, FEMA Certified

5 year at St. Francis School

11 years in Education 


Mrs. Dena Swift – 5th Grade Teacher                                


Illinois State University – BS in Education – Elementary Education

Capella University – Masters of Science in Education and Curriculum Instruction

9 Years in Education

5 Years Homeschooling

2 Years at St. Francis School


Mrs. Yesica  Lopez – 4th Grade Teacher


Northern Arizona University – Bachelors in Education- Special Education Emphasis

Teaches K-8 Grades Physical education and computers

FEMA Certified

Student Council Advisor

8 Years in Education

4 Years at St. Francis


Mrs. Theresa Whitman – 3rd Grade Teacher  


Northern Michigan University – Bachelors of Science in Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

Eucharistic Minister for Parish

Certifications – SEI, Religion Level I Certification, FEMA Certified

Spelling Bee Sponsor

14 years at St. Francis School

25 years in Education


 Mrs. Alena Ibarra – 2nd Grade Teacher  


Northern Arizona University – Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Teaches Elementary Education all subjects

    Early Childhood Education Emphasis

First Reconciliation & Communion Teacher

Certification- SEI, FEMA Certified

8 years at St. Francis school

8.5 years in education


Miss Rachel Stephens– 1st Grade Teacher  


Arizona Christian University – Bachelors of Arts Degree

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

Post Baccalaureate Coursework in ASL

2 years at St. Francis School

10 years in Education


Miss Evangelina Castro– Kindergarten

University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science

Emphasis in Math Education, Literary, Learning and Leadership

Community Education Emphasis

Active at St. Francis and St. John Neumann Parishes

3 Years at St. Francis

3 years in Education


Mrs. Stephanie Rundle – Pre Kindergarten Teacher

Western Carolina University – Birth through Kindergarten Education
Regular and Special Ed Birth – Kindergarten, Emphasis in Autism
SEI Endorsement, FEMA Certified
9 Years Teaching
2nd Year at St Francis


Mrs. Mary Slater – Librarian/Teacher      


Arizona State University – Bachelor of Science

Post Baccalaureate – Boise State University – Teacher Credential

Arizona State University – Library Media Specialist,

Certifications – Library Media K-12, SEI, Standard Secondary Teaching Certification, Religion Level 2 Certification, Social Studies, Distributive Education, FEMA Certified

Professional Organizations – American Library Association, International

       Reading Association,  Arizona Library Association.

Awards – Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 

Year book, Read Across America Coordinator, Spelling Bee Coordinator, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Teacher, Parish Council Representative, School Web Page Administrator, Book Fair Coordinator

26 years at St. Francis School

29 years in Education


Danielle Potter– P.E./ Computer Teacher


University of Phoenix San Diego Campus – BS in Business Management

Teaches K-8 Grades Physical Education and Computers

Middle School and Elementary Soccer Coach

1st Year at St. Francis  


Ms. Erika Garcia – Pre Kindergarten / Afternoon Teacher

University of Arizona Bachelor of Science Degree BS – Family Studies and Human Development
Arizona Western College Associate of Arts Degree AA – Family Studies
Parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church
2 years teaching
2 years teaching at St. Francis School


Miss Charlotte Luckerath Catechism Teacher

Teaches Catechism to Middle School Students

Parish Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister

Certifications – Level 2 Religious Education, Music Certification

22 years at St. Francis School and Parish


Mrs. Viola Lopez – Reading Interventionist        

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Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Elementary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Reading Interventionist

Arizona State Teacher Certification

5 year at St. Francis

34 years in Education


Mrs. Alma Lopez Administrative Secretary

25 years at St. Francis School

School Bookkeeper & Public Relations

Arts and Environment Ministry

Catholic Daughters & Altar Society


Mrs. Stella Ochoa – Secretary/Receptionist

7 years working in an academic setting

Bilingual English/Spanish

Student Supervisor


Mrs. Irene Frankart – Pre-Kindergarten Aide

Kindergarten Aide and Homework Club Supervisor

Summer Bible School for St. Francis Parish, Read Across America Co-Chair

10 years at St. Francis


Mrs. Marcella Macias – Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

13 year at St. Francis


Mrs. Grace Martin –  Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

Eucharistic Minister

11 years at St. Francis


Mr. Ron Rodriguez – Technology Engineer

Certified IT and Computer Technician

Web Master for School Website

6 years at St. Francis School and Parish


Mrs. Maria Aletore – Maintenance

Rectory Housekeeper

Student Supervisor

22 years at St. Francis School and Parish

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