Administration, Faculty & Staff



Mrs. Veronica Lopez – Principal      

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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

28 years in Education and Administrative Leadership Education


Jennifer Casanova – 8th Grade Teacher

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Northern Arizona University – Masters in Educational Leadership 

Bachelor of Elementary Education with Emphasis in Psychology

Teaches Language Arts and English – Arizona State Certified Teacher, Middle Grades/Jr. High, SEI Certification,  FEMA Certified

6 year at St. Francis School

12 years in Education 


Mr.  Arnulfo Sabado  7th Grade Teacher        

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St. Louis University, Philippines – Masters of Education in Science  St. Columban College,  Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in General Science and Physics

State Certified Teacher, SEI Certification, Standard Secondary Science Teacher

Teaches Math – Middle School/Jr. High

Math Counts Adviser, First LEGO League Adviser

Lector/Commentator Ministry

Years in Education – 19 years – teaching Physics, General Science, Algebra and Geometry

1st year at St. Francis


Mrs. Nenita Diaz – 6th Grade Teacher   

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Bulcan State University – Masters Degree Polytecnic University (Educational Management) – Bachelor of Science in Education 

Teaches Social Studies and Religion –  Middle Grades/Jr. High

Standard Secondary Certification

18 Years in Education

1st year at St. Francis School


Mrs. Lorraine Margie Tanaka – 5th Grade Teacher  

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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


Mrs. Gina Cowell – 4th Grade Teacher   

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BENUFF University, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education  –  Currently working on Masters of Education with National University

Teaches  and ELA – ELA (Grammar, Writing, Vocabulary) 4th and 5th Grade Students 

4 Years in Education – Special Ed and E.S.L. Teacher

2nd Year 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

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

Spelling Bee Coordinator

14 years at St. Francis School

25 years in Education


Sr. Hannah Johnecheck – 2nd Grade Teacher

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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

2nd Year at St. Francis


Miss Ana Zazueta– 1st Grade Teacher  

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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 

2nd Year at St. Francis 


Mrs Victoria Gresham– Kindergarten

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Area of Teaching – 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and Kindergarten

Certifications – Elementary Education, SEI Endorsement, ECD Endorsement

Years in Education – 10 years in public education – 2 Years in private education, 8 years teaching Pre-K in private preschool.

2nd Year at St. Francis of Assisi


Ms. Erika Garcia – Pre Kindergarten 

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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, Commercial Recreation Business, Library Media Specialist

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

Awards – Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 

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


Mrs. Yesica Lopez  “Y Lopez”– P.E./ Computer Teacher

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Northern Arizona University – Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Teaches K-8 Grades Physical Education and Computers, Religion Teacher, Wildcat Reading Coach

Certifications – SEI Certification, FEMA Certified, Student Council Adviser

12 Years in Education

5th Year at St. Francis  


 Mrs. Alena Ibarra – Primary Grade Instructional Coach 

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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

23 years at St. Francis School and Parish


Mrs. Viola Lopez – Reading Interventionist        

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Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Elementary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Reading Interventionist

Arizona State Teacher Certification

6 year at St. Francis

35 years in Education


Ms. Gina Giorsetto – Pre Kindergarten Instructional Aide

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Arizona Western College – Associates Degree in Applied Science In Early Childhood Education
SEI Certification
Church Ministry – Arcoiris Young Adults Group
13 Years in Education
3rd Year 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. Rebecca Bonadonna – Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Areas of specialization – Prekindergarten, 5th Grade,

Special Education, Para-educator, Teaching Assistant

14 years in Education

2nd Year at St. Francis


Mrs. Marcella Macias – Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

14 year at St. Francis


Mrs. Grace Martin –  Interventionist Aide

Reading Interventionist Aide

Eucharistic Minister

12 years at St. Francis


St. 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

44 Years in Education


Mr. Ron Rodriguez – Technology Engineer

Certified IT and Computer Technician

Web Master for School Website

7 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

2nd Year at St. Francis


Mrs. Maria Aletore – Maintenance

Rectory Housekeeper

Student Supervisor

23 years at St. Francis School and Parish

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