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

29 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 

Arizona State Teacher Certified, SEI Certification,  FEMA Certified

6 year at St. Francis School

12 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

1st Year at St. Francis

7 Years in Education

Mrs. Stefanie Cybulski – 6th Grade Teacher

University of Mary Washington – Bachelors of Arts in English

Saint Joseph’s University – Master in Secondary Education

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

Licensed in Secondary Education

ELA Middle and High School (7-12) – Social Studies (6-9)

1st Year at St. Francis

7 Years in Education

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)

38 Years in Education

1st Year 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

13 Years in Education

6 Years at St. Francis  

Mrs. Theresa Whitman – 3rd Grade Teacher

Northern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science in Education

Teaches Elementary all subject areas

Eucharistic Minister for Parish, Member of ENDOW

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

Spelling Bee Co-Coordinator

15 years at St. Francis School

26 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

12 Years in Education

3 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

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

15 Years in Education

3 Years at St. Francis

Mrs. Eva Castro/Torres– Kindergarten

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

Ad visor for the Math Counts

Arcoiris – Past Adviser at St. John Neumann

3 Years at St. Francis

3 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
3 years teaching
3 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, Spelling Bee Coordinator, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Teacher, Parish Council Representative, School Advisory Representative, School Web Page Administrator, Book Fair Coordinator

27 years at St. Francis School

30 years in Education

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

Attended Graceland University and Arizona Western College

Yuma Catholic JV Football Coach / Catch and Go Football Coach

Teaches P.E. and Computers

3 Years in Education

1 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

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

24 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

6 year at St. Francis

36 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 7

1 Year in Education

3 Years at St. Francis


Ms. Amanda Wallace – Art

Art Instructor for Kindergarten – 8th Grades
Vice President of the Home and School Association – Room Mother Coordinator 2018-19
Catholic Daughter Ministry
Art Club Adviser
2 Years in Education
2 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
Church Ministry – Arcoiris Young Adults Group
14 Years in Education
3 Years at St Francis

Mrs. Alma Lopez – Administrative Secretary

26 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

8 years working in an academic setting

Bilingual English/Spanish

Student Supervisor

Mrs. Irene Frankart – 5th Grade Instructional Aide

Kindergarten Aide and Homework Club Supervisor

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

11 years at St. Francis

Mrs. Jana Schwinghammer  – Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Bachelors of Arts in Communications

Eucharistic Minister 

Volleyball Coach

Kindergarten Aide at St. Francis 7 years in Education 

1 year at St. Francis

Ms. – Grendi Noriega Interventionist Aide

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Associates Degree in General Business 

Reading Interventionist

Cesar Chavez Instructor of the Year

3 years in Education

1 year at St. Francis


Mrs. – Selena Rodriguez  Interventionist Aide

Arizona Western College – Associates Degree in Psychology and Sociology – Deans List

Special Needs Educator – 18 years,  Art Instructor at Michael’s

Homework Club Adviser

Teacher Assistant and Reading Interventionist

1  year in Education

1 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

24 years at St. Francis School and Parish