Starting August 5th, 2019
Monday - Thursday
All Grades: 8:15am to 3:15pm
1/2 Day PreK: 8:15am to 11:30am
All Grades: 8:15am to 12:00pm
Fridays: 11:00am - 12:00pm
All are welcome!!!
PO Box 789
Show Low, AZ 85902
1400 E Owens
Show Low, AZ 85901
Phone: (928) 537-4497
Fax: (928) 537-4507
Robert Higgins, President
Father Dan Kassis
2nd Grade Teacher - Melissa Grzelak
Mrs. Grzelak is a Blue Ridge graduate and knew that she wanted to return to the "beautiful mountains" to raise her own children. Melissa has over 20 years of teaching experience in elementary education. She is certified to teach grades K-8. She received her Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Human Relations with an emphasis in School Counseling. She has an ESL endorsement, Early Childhood endorsement and has been trained in the CLIP (Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project) program. Melissa finds it a blessing to be able to teach children spiritually paralleled to academics. Melissa and her husband have 2 children who attend St. Anthonys and one alumni student.
Kindergarten Teacher - Panda Causey
Mrs. Panda is a certified AMS teacher (American Montessori Society) and has worked with children from mentally challenged to gifted, in a variety of fields, for 30+ years. She has level 1, part 1 towards her certificate for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Mrs. Panda has a strong interest in the reading area and to meet the academic needs of each student.
Principal - Bryan Yorksmith
Bryan grew up in the White Mountains and was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School in 1988. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Bryan has a passion for Catholic education and has been involved with St. Anthony School since 2003. He has three children that are alumni students and a son in 6th grade at St. Anthonys.
Music Teacher - Davylyn Shaddinger
Davylyn Shaddinger is a certified Paraprofessional who has been working with children aged pre-school through Jr. high for over 11 years. She has worked as an Assistant Music Teacher and Assistant Director for the community children's choir. Mrs. Shaddinger has been professionally involved in music for over fifteen years and has education in both music theory and child development. She has a passion for music and hopes to instill that passion into every student.
P.I.P. Director/ Office Assistant - Tiffany McFall
Tiffany McFall is an Arizona native. She, along with her husband and daughter, relocated to the White Mountains 5 years ago. Before moving Ms. McFall managed The Country Club of La Cholla, an independent retirement community, for 18 years. Her daughter is an 8th grader at St. Anthony School. Ms. McFall loves working in the office and serving lunch to the students of St. Anthony.
Jr. High (6-8) Language Arts - Steffanie Garguilo
Mrs. Garguilo graduated Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University in 1996 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, and a content emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She taught second grade for two years in Mohave County and then moved to Phoenix, where she taught third grade for two years. In 2002, Mrs. Garguilo and her family moved to the White Mountains where she put teaching on hold to stay home and be a full-time mom. Even before becoming a teacher at St. Anthonys, Steffanie was working hard to help the school grow by volunteering and really getting the word out to our community about the school and the quality education that it provides. She is certified by the Arizona Department of Education to teach K-8 and has over 15 years of teaching experience.
Pre-K Teacher - Paula Sedillo
Mrs. Sedillo started teaching with the Blue Ridge School District as a Teacher's Assistant in the Special Education Department at the Junior High School. Paula is a 7th generation "Arizonan", was raised in Mexico until she was eight years old, and then moved back to Arizona. She has 20+ years of classroom experience. A few words from Mrs. Sedillo... "As a teacher, my goal is to challenge each child and give them as much attention as possible. While I am strict and expect the children to follow my rules, I am also very loving and want them to have fun. We are a family and we love one another as a family should. The most important thing is that they learn to be kind to others and develop sharing and social skills. Our children have the chance to love God our Father and one another as brothers and sisters."
3rd Grade Teacher - Jennifer Heslip
I have spent most of my life down in the East Valley, Mesa and Queen Creek. We decided we wanted a more relaxed and small town atmosphere for our children, so we moved up to the White Mountains this past summer, 2018. I went to Ottawa University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management. I have been homeschooling my children for the past ten years, and my oldest are now in high school. I have been involved in teaching and aiding in religious education programs for over 20 years, including Catechesis of the Good Shephard and currently CCD at St. Rita's Church. I feel so blessed to be a part of St. Anthony's and to be able to share my passion for teaching and, at the same time, sharing the faith with students and families.
1st Grade Teacher - Marie Freeman
Mrs. Freeman is an Arizona native. She grew up in Winslow and attended the University of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Family Studies and Human Development. She spent 15 years working in the fields of Social Work and Human Services. During that time she facilitated many youth groups and taught youth development classes. Mrs. Freeman moved to the White Mountains 6 years ago. She has 3 children who attend St. Anthony’s. Her love of working with, supporting and empowering children has led her to pursue a career in teaching. She looks forward to helping cultivate youth in their academics as well as in their faith.
Saints & Seasons & Religion Teacher - Anne Boss
Anne is a graduate of St. Olaf college in Minnesota, majoring in Religion and American Studies. She is a certified Montessori teacher and helped start the Tucson Waldorf school. Anne has taught Seasons and Saints at St. Anthony since 2006. She appreciates St. Anthony school, not only for academics, but also as a place where grace is encouraged to unfold in each child.
Art Teacher - Crystal Kinsey
Bio coming soon...
Developing a Child's Mind, Body, & Soul...
Jr. High (6-8) Science & Social Studies - Carrie Jones
Mrs. Jones moved to the White Mountains in the first grade and graduated with honors from Blue Ridge High School. After high school she graduated from The University of Arizona on the Dean's list with a bachelors in veterinary science. She married her high school sweetheart after college and they have 3 sons. She enjoys spending time with her family hiking, canyoneering, boating, repelling and watching family movies. She has been teaching junior high at St. Anthony's for 3 years.
Jr. High (6-8) Math Teacher - Lisa Fogle
Mrs. Fogle graduated with Honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development/Elementary Education with a specialization in Earth Science and an endorsement in Special Education. She is certified to teach in both Texas (grades 1-8) and Arizona (grades K-8). In addition, she is certified to teach Pre-K through High School Special Education. Mrs. Fogle taught elementary and high school Special Education for two years, and third grade for three years in Round Rock, Texas. In 1999, she moved to the White Mountains with her husband and taught at Blue Ridge Junior High for one year and Blue Ridge Elementary in 1st grade for one year before staying home with her children for eight years. Mrs. Fogle has been teaching at St. Anthony School for seven years in 1st grade, 6th grade, and 5th grade. She has 14 plus years of teaching experience. Both her son and daughter attended St. Anthony School.
Our missionis to educate each child academically, physically, socially, and spiritually in a Catholic Context. We seek to instill moral integrity within each child. Working together as a cooperative community, each child will be prepared for secondary and higher education via an environment that fosters love and respect for God and others.
Our vision is to continually develop an independent Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school that emphasizes excellence. To focus on teaching strong fundamental skills. To establish a core curriculum which also teaches children how to learn. To provide a safe learning environment that will nurture the holistic growth of all students via a Catholic-values oriented setting. To develop students so that they will go naturally into the service of helping others. To work as a community in our shared objectives to provide a Christ-centered education for our students such that they may develop their individual relationships with God while growing toward their fullest, God-given potential.
PK - 3rd Grade Music Teacher - Jeannie McCabe
Bio coming soon...
P.E. Teacher - Samaria Mallow
Samaria graduated as Valedictorian from Dishchii' Bikoh Community School and received a B.A. in Exercise Sciences from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Samaria specialized in Leadership Enrichment & Development. She completed her Internship in Cibecue, AZ teaching K-6th grade. This will be Samaria's second year teaching and coaching at St. Anthony School.
Development Director - Jerry Moran
Bio coming soon...
5th Grade Teacher - Christina Verdugo
Mrs. Verdugo was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has been a resident of the White Mountains since 2001. She and her husband have raised a family here and love the outdoors. Mrs. Verdugo worked for a non-profit organization called Arizona Youth Partnership for 10 years in Navajo and Apache County. She worked with youth facilitating healthy relationship education in 6th – 12th grades. She found that she had a passion for working with youth. Mrs. Verdugo started teaching for St. Anthony in 2015 and loves being able to help children reach their academic goals and foster their relationships with God.
4th Grade Teacher (1/2 time) - Samantha Rose
Mrs. Rose is originally from Casa Grande, AZ. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree from ASU and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from NAU. She has an ESL and Early Childhood endorsement. She moved to Pinetop 18 years ago and taught at Blue Ridge Elementary School before staying home for 10 years to raise her children. She returned to teaching at St. Anthonys in 2016. Her 2 children have loved attending the school.
Community Service Director - Laura Higgins
Bio coming soon...
Business Manager - Heidi Sturm
Mrs. Sturm was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She attended St. Cyril School and Salpointe Catholic High School. She is a graduate with distinction from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Mrs. Sturm accepted a position with Allstate Insurance where she progresses to a senior level manager position. She left Allstate after 17 years to relocate to the beautiful White Mountains with her husband and family. Mrs. Sturm kept busy with the local MOMS Club chapter and her young children and then became involved with St. Anthony School as a parent when it opened in 2006, and then as a board member and an employee. Both of her children are proud alumni students of St. Anthony School.
4th Grade Teacher (1/2 time) - Julie Kittle
Julie Kittle is an Arizona native having grown up in Tucson. She and her family moved to the White Mountains in 2012. Julie graduated, cum laude, from Northern Arizona University in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She has 19 years of teaching experience in grades K-6. Julie has taught 4th grade at St. Anthony since 2012. She enjoys teaching at St. Anthony for many reasons, but there are a few reasons that stand above all others - Julie is able to teach from the Bible, pray with her students, and place an emphasis on Christ's love for them. These things, coupled with the school's family-oriented atmosphere, high academic standards and focus on community service make St. Anthony a wonderful place to teach. She has a son that is an alumni student.