Admin & Faculty

 

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

Eucharistic Minister

Awards – Circle of Honor – Arizona

24 years in Education

 

Mrs. Mary Kay Gossman – Vice Principal, 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

Math Counts Sponsor

28 years at St. Francis School

40 years in Education

 

Mrs. Debbie Martinez – 8th 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

Awards – 1998 Yuma County Teacher of the Year

Confirmation Teacher at St. Francis Church

1 year at St. Francis School

29 years in Education

 

Mrs. Sylvia Montoya – 6th Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Master in Educational Leadership and Multi-Cultural Education

Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education – University of Arizona

Certifications – SEI

Awards – Teacher of the year Nominee 1994, 1999, Honored Foreign Language Teacher 2003

Odyssey of the Mind Sponsor, School Community Garden

Publications – TESOL, Bilingual Education articles in Yuma Daily Sun

2 years at St. Francis School

29 Years in Education

 

Mrs. Sherryl Gerber – 5th Grade Teacher

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

Teaches Intermediate all subjects

Certifications – SEI, Elementary Education

Graduate coursework in Reading Specialization

LEGO League Sponsor

4 years at St. Francis School

10 years in Education

 

Mrs. Alena Ibarra – 4th Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Teaches Intermediate all subjects

Certification- SEI

4 years at St. Francis school

4.5 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

Spelling Bee Sponsor

10 years at St. Francis School

21 years in Education

 

Mrs. Jennifer Casanova – 2nd Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership

Bachelors in Elementary Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

1 year at St. Francis School

7 years in Education

 

Mrs. Lori Lee– 1st Grade Teacher

Chaminade University, Honolulu Hawaii – Masters in Elementary Education, Summa cumlaude

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

6 years at St. Francis School

12 years in Education

 

Miss Rebecca Castenada – Kindergarten Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Bachelors in Elementary Education with Emphasis in Early Education

1 year at St. Francis School

1 year in Education

 

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

Professional Organizations – American Library Association, International

       Reading Association,  Arizona Library Association.

Awards – Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 1999

Year book, Read Across America Coordinator, Spelling Bee Coordinator

Parish Council Representative

22 years at St. Francis School

25 years in Education

 

Mrs. Carole Rush – Reading Interventionist K-5

University of Arizona – Bachelors of Arts in Education

Interventionist for Reading,

Certifications – SEI, Religious Certification Level 1, Teacher  Cert.

Eucharistic Minister for Parish

Publications – Yuma Daily Sun Agriculture Column.  Family Focus Columns for U of A

Poetry Club Sponsor, St. Francis Community Garden Coordinator, Christmas Program

Science Fair Co-coordinator

Eucharistic Minister

16 years at St. Francis School

23 years in Education

 

Mrs. Jamie Weathers – Music Teacher

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

Teaches K-8 Music

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

Cantor for St. Francis Church

2 years at St. Francis School

3 years in Education

 

Miss Charlotte Luckerath - Catechism Teacher

Parish Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister

Certifications – Level 2 Religious Education, Music Certification

18 years at St. Francis School and Parish

 

Mrs. Viola Lopez – Reading Interventionist

Undergraduate Education – Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Elementary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Reading Interventionist

Arizona State Teacher Certification

1 year at St. Francis

30 years in Education

 

Mrs. Alma Lopez - Administrative Secretary

21 years at St. Francis School

 

Mrs. Lenora Torres – Receptionist

11 years at St. Francis School

 

Mrs. Marcella Macias – Instructional Aide/Interventionist

Kindergarten Aide

Reading Interventionist

9 year at St. Francis

 

Mrs. Grace Martin – Reading Interventionist

Reading Interventionist

Eucharistic Minister

7 years at St. Francis

 

Mr. Ron Rodriguez – Technology Engineer

Certified IT  and Computer Technician

2 years at St. Francis School and Parish

 

Mrs. Maria Aletore - Maintenance

Rectory Housekeeper

18 years at St. Francis School and Parish