Administration, Faculty & Staff


Mrs. Veronica Lopez – Principal      

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Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership

Masters Degree in Bi-lingual Multi-Cultural Studies.

Undergraduate Education – Adams State University, Alamosa, CO 

Certifications – Early Childhood Education Certification, Reading Endorsement, English as a Second Language Certification, Principal Certification, Superintendent Certification, K-8 Teaching –  FEMA Certified

Eucharistic Minister, Christmas Program Coordinator

Awards – Circle of Honor – Arizona

27 years in Education and Administrative Leadership Education


Shara Castro – 8th Grade Teacher

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University of Norther Arizona – Masters 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


Miss Evangelina Castro  7th Grade Teacher        


University of Arizona,  Bachelors of Science, Emphasis in Math Education, Literary, Learning and Leadership

Community Education emphasis

Teaches Religion and Math – Middle School/Jr. High

Certifications – SEI Certification, Religion Level 1 Certification – FEMA Certified

Math Counts Sponsor

Active at St. Francis and St. John Neuman Parishes

3 years at St. Francis School

3 years in Education


Mrs. Jennifer Casanova – 6th Grade Teacher   

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Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership 

Bachelor of Elementary Education with Emphasis in Psychology

Teaches Language Arts and English – Arizona State Certified Teacher, Middle Grades/Jr. High, SEI Certification,  FEMA Certified

5 year at St. Francis School

11 years in Education 


Mrs. Dena Swift – 5th Grade Teacher                                


Illinois State University – Bachelor of Science 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. Heather Mc Gowan – 4th Grade Teacher

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Norfolk State University – Masters in Urban Education Guidance Counseling

Saint Leo University – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology- Minor in Psychology

Old Dominion University – VA Special Education License

Teaches General and Special Education 1st – 8th Grades

1st Year at St. Francis

11 Years in Education


Mrs. Theresa Whitman – 3rd Grade Teacher  


Northern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science in Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

Eucharistic Minister for Parish

Certifications – SEI Certification, Religion Level I Certification, FEMA Certified, Teacher of The Year – St. Francis School 2009

Spelling Bee Coordinator

14 years at St. Francis School

25 years in Education


Sr. Hannah Johnecheck – 2nd Grade Teacher

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St. Michael’s College – Masters of Theology, Silver Lake College – Bachelors of Education

Elementary Education Certified

Teaches  K – 11 Grades (Mainly K-4), Teaches First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 

11 Years in Education

1st Year at St. Francis


Miss Ariel Olea– 1st Grade Teacher  

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelor of Education and special Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

ESL Endorsement, Mac Apple Teacher

1st year at St. Francis School

4 years in Education


Mrs Victoria Gresham– Kindergarten

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Area of Teaching – 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and Kindergarten

Certifications – Elementary Education, SEI Endorsement, ECD Endorsement

Years in Education – 10 years in public education – 2 Years in private education, 8 years teaching Pre-K in private preschool.

1st Year at St. Francis of Assisi



Ms. Gina Giorsetto – Pre Kindergarten Teacher

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Arizona Western College – Associates Degree in Applied Science In Early Childhood Education
SEI Certification
Church Ministry – Arcoiris Young Adults Group
12 Years in Education
2nd Year at St Francis


Ms. Erika Garcia – Pre Kindergarten / Second Semester

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University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science Degree – Family Studies and Human Development
Arizona Western College Associate of Arts Degree AA – Family Studies
Certifications – SEI Certification
2 years teaching
2 years teaching at St. Francis School

Mrs. Mary Slater – Librarian/Teacher      


Arizona State University – Bachelor of Science, Commercial Recreation Business, Library Media Specialist

Post Baccalaureate – Boise State University – Teaching Credential – Business, Social Studies, Language Arts

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

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 Advisory Representative, School Web Page Administrator, Book Fair Coordinator

26 years at St. Francis School

29 years in Education


Mrs. Yesica Lopez  “Y Lopez”– P.E./ Computer Teacher

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Teaches K-8 Grades Physical Education and Computers, Religion Teacher, Wildcat Reading Coach

Certifications – SEI Certification, FEMA Certified, Student Council Adviser

11 Years in Education

4th Year at St. Francis  


 Mrs. Alena Ibarra – Primary Grade Instructional coach 

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Instructional Coach Elementary Education all subjects Primary Grades

    Early Childhood Education Emphasis

Certification- SEI Certification, FEMA Certified

Eucharistic Minister

8 years at St. Francis school

8.5 years in education


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

Marketing and Scholarship Adviser

Arts and Environment Ministry, Eucharistic Minister

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. Rebecca Bonadonna – Pre-Kindergarten

Areas of specialization – Prekindergarten, 5th Grade,

Special Education, Para-educator, Teaching Assistant

13 years in Education

1st Year at St. Francis

AideMrs. Ana Zazueta – 5th Grade Instructional Aide

Northern Arizona University -Bachelor of Education

Certified Elementary Education State of Arizona, Level 1 Religious Education Certified

Parish Affiliation – Immaculate Heart of Mary, English Arcoiris Youth Ministry

15 Years in Education 

 1st Year 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


St. Mary Beth Kornely – Office

Silver Lake College – Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education & Math

Student Financial aid Director at Silver Lake College

Parish Ministries at Several Parishes

Teaches Primary Grades

43 Years in Education


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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