Administration, Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Veronica Lopez – Principal

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

30 years in Education and Administrative Leadership Education

Jennifer Casanova – 8th Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership 

Bachelor of Elementary Education with Emphasis in Psychology

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

Spelling Bee Coordinator 

Arizona State Teacher Certified, SEI Certification,  FEMA Certified

7 year at St. Francis School

30 years in Education

Mrs.  Victoria Navarrete –  7th Grade Teacher

Arizona State University – Bachelors in Education with Emphasis in Math

Teaches Math and social Studies – Middle Grades/Jr. High

Arizona State Certified in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Math

7th Grade Teacher – Teaches 6,7,8 Math and Social Studies

2 Years at St. Francis

7 Years in Education

Ms. MariAnn Slater – 6th Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University  – Bachelors of Science – Biology/Environmental Science – Graduated Cum laude.

Northern Arizona University – Currently enrolled in Educational Leadership Masters Degree Program.

Teaches  Science and Religion – Middle Grades/Jr. High (6, 7, 8)

1st Year at St. Francis

Mrs. Lorraine Margie Tanaka – 5th Grade Teacher

Adams State University – Masters Degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in elementary Education

Standard Elementary Certified in Arizona

Teaches Math and Religion -4th and 5th Grade Students / Writing

Arizona Math Copper Apple Award – 2016  – Teacher of the Year, San Luis Valley CO  –  Division 5 Math Teacher of the Year, Colorado 5 time Yuma County Teacher of the Year Nominee

Parish Ministries – Lector, Commentator, Eucharistic Minister, Perpetual adoration Division Leader (6-12 Midnight)

41 Years in Education

3 Years at St. Francis

Ms. Yesica Lopez – 4th Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University – Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Teaches 4th and 5th Grade Language Arts, Wildcat Reading Coach

Certifications – Arizona State Teaching Certificate,  SEI Certification, FEMA Certified,

Student Council Adviser – Spanish Interpreter

14 Years in Education

7 Years at St. Francis  

Mrs. Stephanie Rundle – 3rd Grade Teacher

Western Carolina University – Bachelor of Science in Regular and Special Education Birth through Kindergarten

Currently enrolled in Master of Curriculum and Instruction at Grand Canyon University

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

Certifications – SEI Certification, First Aid/CPR Certified 

Developed the Early Childhood Education Program and Preschool at St. Francis in 2016.

3 years at St. Francis School

9 1/2 years in Education

Sr. Hannah Johnecheck – 2nd Grade Teacher

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

13 Years in Education

4 Years at St. Francis

Miss Ana Zazueta– 1st Grade Teacher

Northern Arizona University -Bachelor of Education

Certified Elementary Education State of Arizona,

Level 1 Religious Education Certified

First Aide/CPR Certified

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

16 Years in Education

4 Years at St. Francis

Mrs. Eva Torres – Kindergarten

University of Arizona – Bachelor of Science in Literacy, Learning and Leadership with and emphasis in Math and Spanish

Currently enrolled in Masters of Secondary Math in Education at Grand Canyon University

Arcoiris – Past Adviser at St. John Neumann

4 Years at St. Francis

4 Years in Education

Ms. Erika Garcia – Pre Kindergarten

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, First Aid/CPR Certified
 
4 years teaching
 
4 years teaching at St. Francis School

Mrs. Mary Slater – Librarian/Teacher

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

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

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

28 years at St. Francis School

31 years in Education

Mr.  Everett McKinney – P.E./ Computer Teacher

Attended Graceland University and Arizona Western College

Athletic Director of St. Francis School

Yuma Catholic JV Football Coach / Catch and Go Football Coach

Boys Basketball Coach

Teaches P.E. and Computers

4 Years in Education

2 Year at St. Francis

Mrs. Alena Ibarra – Primary Grade Instructional Coach

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

9 years at St. Francis school

9.5 years in education

Theresa Whitman – Instructional Reading Aide

Northern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education,  Miner in Library Science

Teacher of the Year St. Francis School 2011

Eucharistic Minister, Level 1 Religious Certification, ENDOW

SEI Certified, First Aide, CPR Certified, FEMA Certified

27 Years in Education

17 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

25 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

7 year at St. Francis

37 years in Education

Ms. Shitzue Figueroa – Spanish 

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara – Facultad de Odontologra – DDS

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara – Postgrados Odontologia – Postgraduate in Endodontics

Teaches Spanish – Grades K-8

IELTS Certification

Girl’s Basketball Coach, Room Mother Grade 8 

2 Year in Education

4 Years at St. Francis

Ms. Gina Giorsetto – Pre Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Arizona Western College – Associates Degree in Applied Science In Early Childhood Education
 
SEI Certification, First Aid/CPR Certified
 
Church Ministry – Arcoiris Young Adults Group
 
14 Years in Education
 
3 Years at St Francis

Mrs. Alma Lopez – Administrative Secretary

27 years at St. Francis School

School Bookkeeper & Public Relations

Marketing and Scholarship Account Manager

Arts and Environment Ministry, Eucharistic Minister

Catholic Daughters & Altar Society

Mrs. Stella Ochoa – Secretary/Registrar

9 Years in Education 

Bilingual English/Spanish

Student Supervisor

Student and Staff Support

Mrs. Irene Frankart – 1st Grade Instructional Aide

First Grade Reading Aide

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

12 years at St. Francis

Mrs. Joleen Munoz  – Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Attended Northern Arizona University / Arizona Western College – Associates Degree

Taught High School English grades 9-12

SEI Certified 

K- 6 Grade Teachers  Aide

13 Years in Education

1st Year at St. Francis School

Mrs. Silvia Lackey – Reading Interventionist Aide

University of Phoenix – Bachelor of Science in Human Services 

Reading Interventionist Aide 

Eucharistic Minister

First Aide/CPR Certified

3 Years at St. Francis

Ms. – Selene Hinojosa  Interventionist Aide

Arizona Western College – Dual Associates Degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Education 

Northern Arizona University – Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

St. Francis Reading Interventionist

Certified Zumba Instructor – Childrens, Basic, Toning

15  year in Education

1st year at St. Francis

Sr. 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

45 Years in Education

Mr. Ron Rodriguez – Technology Engineer

Certified IT and Computer Technician

Web Master for School Website

8 years at St. Francis School and Parish

Miss Ashley Taylor – Homework Club

Currently studying at Arizona Western college/Northern Arizona University for a Bachelors in Elementary Education Degree

Homework Club Coordinator at St. Francis School

Parish Ministries – Young Adult Arcoiris, Confirmation, CANA Retreat Team

3 Years at St. Francis

Mrs. Maria Aletore – Maintenance

Rectory Housekeeper

Student Supervisor

25 years at St. Francis School and Parish