Administration, Faculty & Staff


Mrs. Veronica Lopez – Principal      


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

Awards – Circle of Honor – Arizona

25 years in Education


Denelle Lococo – 8th Grade Teacher


Arizona State University – Bachelors of Science – Education

Northern Arizona University – Master’s Degree in Elementary Education

Certifications – AZ State Certified Teacher, Focused learning in English, SEI, FEMA Certified, Religion             Level 1 Certification

Teaches 8th Grade English, Literature and Religion

5 years in Teaching

3rd Year at St. Francis


Mr. T.J. Gomez – 8th Grade Teacher

Mount Angels Seminary – Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy 

                                   Bachelor of Arts – Religious Studies

Teaches Middle Grade Science

Seminarian for the diocese of Tucson

FEMA Certified

Presides at the Communion Service on Tuesday mornings at 6:30AM

Confirmation Teacher and Speaker for various Catholic Organizations and Groups

Parish Ministries include Pastoral Council, Apostolado Hispano, CANA Youth Group, Arco Iris. 


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


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

Teaches Math, Social Studies and Religion – Middle School/Jr. High

Certifications – SEI, Religion Level 2 Certification – FEMA Certified

Math Counts Sponsor

30 years at St. Francis School

42 years in Education


Mrs. Jennifer Casanova – 6th Grade Teacher   


Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership 

Bachelors in Elementary Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas, FEMA Certified

3 year at St. Francis School

9 years in Education 


Mrs. Sherryl Gerber – 5th Grade Teacher  


Arizona State University – Bachelors of Arts / Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Teaches Intermediate all subjects

Certifications – Religion Level 1 Certified, SEI, Elementary Education, FEMA Certified

Graduate coursework in Reading Specialization

6 years at St. Francis School

12 years in Education


Mrs. Alena Ibarra – 4th Grade Teacher  


Northern Arizona University – Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Teaches Intermediate all subjects

Certification- SEI, FEMA Certified

6 years at St. Francis school

6.5 years in education


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

12 years at St. Francis School

23 years in Education


Mrs. Debbie Martinez – 2nd Grade Teacher  


Northern Arizona University – Master in educational Leadership

Bachelor of Science  – Viterbo Catholic College, LaCrosse, WI

Teachers English and Literature and Religion – Middle School/Jr. High

Certifications – SEI, FIMA Certified, FEMA Certified

Awards – 1998 Yuma County Teacher of the Year

Confirmation Teacher at St. Francis Church

2 year at St. Francis School

30 years in Education


Mrs. Sarai Renteria– 1st Grade Teacher  


NAU Yuma, – Masters in Higher Education, magna cum laude

BA Elementary Ed – Emphasis in Bilingual Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

1st year at St. Francis School

7 years in Education


Mr. Carlos Hernandez – Kindergarten


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

Parish Council Representative

School Web Page Administrator

24 years at St. Francis School

27 years in Education


Mrs. Liliana Stiefel – Ortega  – Spanish Teacher

University of Georgia – Professional Interpreter in Education Certification

Teaches K-8 Grades Spanish

3 years Teaching in Education

Interpreter and Translation Middle School and High School

1st Year at St. Franicis


Mrs. Yesica  Lopez – P.E./ Computer Teacher


Northern Arizona University – Bachelors in Education- Special Education Emphasis

Teaches K-8 Grades Physical education and computers

FEMA Certified

Student Council Adviser

6 Years in Education

2 Years at St. Francis


Mrs. Jamie Weathers – Music Teacher      


Oklahoma State University – Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education Emphasis in Music

Teaches K-8 Music

FEMA Certified

Co-sponsor – Yearbook, Christmas Program, Talent Show, Peace Choir Director

Cantor for St. Francis Church

Peace Choir Director

3 years at St. Francis School

4 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

20 years at St. Francis School and Parish


Mrs. Viola Lopez – Reading Interventionist        


Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Elementary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Reading Interventionist

Arizona State Teacher Certification

3 year at St. Francis

32 years in Education


Mrs. Alma Lopez Administrative Secretary

23 years at St. Francis School

School Bookkeeper

Arts and Environment Ministry

Catholic Daughters & Altar Society


Mrs. Stella Ochoa – Secretary/Receptionist

5 years at St. Francis School

Active at MCAS St. Michael’s Parish (Yuma Marine Base)

Student Supervisor


Mrs. Irene Frankart – Kindergarten Aide

Kindergarten Aide and Homework Club Supervisor

8 years at St. Francis


Mrs. Marcella Macias – Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

11 year at St. Francis


Mrs. Grace Martin – Reading Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

Eucharistic Minister

9 years at St. Francis


Mr. Ron Rodriguez – Technology Engineer

Certified IT and Computer Technician

Web Master for School Website

4 years at St. Francis School and Parish


Mrs. Maria Aletore – Maintenance

Rectory Housekeeper

Student Supervisor

20 years at St. Francis School and Parish

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