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


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

8 years in Teaching

1st Year 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

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


Mr. Mike Duree – 4th Grade Teacher


City University, Vancouver, WA – Masters Degree Secondary Education

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA – Bachelors of Science Elementary Ed

Teaches Intermediate Education, all subjects

Certifications – English as a Second Language ( ESL)

1st Year at St. Francis

12 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. 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

6 years at St. Francis school

6.5 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

1st year at St. Francis School

9 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

1st 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, 8th Grade Confirmation, Parish Council Representative

School Web Page Administrator

23 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


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 & Public Relations

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)

Public Relations Team

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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