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Theresa Rodgers
President

Theresa Rodgers is President at St. Francis Catholic High School. She began her career teaching at an all girls’ Catholic high school in Pago Pago, American Samoa. She has experience teaching in both public and private schools, at the middle and high school levels.  She spent ten years as a teacher and ten years as assistant principal at a large, comprehensive public school in the Bay Area.  She served as Principal of St. Francis Catholic High School from 2013 to 2016 and now she serves as President.

First year working at St. Francis: 2013
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Education:

B.A. English, Honors Program, University of La Verne, 1994  

M.A. Education, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Credentials:

CA Clear Administrative Services Credential

CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential- English

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Elias Mendoza
Principal

Elias Mendoza is Principal at St. Francis Catholic High School. He possesses a strong background in curriculum and instruction, Professional Learning Communities, technology implementation, athletics, and expertise in long-range planning and facilities management. He has an uncompromising view that all students can learn when provided a positive learning environment which welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence.

A highly qualified administrator, he served in the Elk Grove Unified School District for 14 years in a variety of capacities, including Social Science Department Chair, Co-Coordinator of the English Language Learner Program, and Vice Principal.

Mr. Mendoza attended Catholic schools in his native Mexico which instilled in him a deep faith and love for Catholic education. He sees education as a moral imperative and vows to continue to honor its legacy by maintaining high academic standards and instilling the Gospel values of Jesus Christ.

First year working at St. Francis: 2017
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Education:

M.A. Education, California State University Sacramento, 2006

B.A. Social Science, California State University, Sacramento, 1997

Credentials: 

CA Clear Administrative Services Credential

CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential-BCLAD

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Mary Castellano
Assistant Principal

Mary Castellano is Assistant Principal for 11th & 12th grades at St. Francis Catholic High School. She began her career in the Bay Area working in the business sector, where she also volunteered in classrooms through the Junior Achievement program.  She began teaching in the San Jose Unified School District in 2002.  In 2004, she relocated to Sacramento and began teaching at St. Francis.  Mary spent nine years in the classroom at St. Francis before moving into Administration in 2013.

First year working at St. Francis: 2004
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Education:

B.S. Political Science – Santa Clara University, 1998

M.A. Interdisciplinary Education – Santa Clara University, 2004

Credentials:

CA Clear Single Subject Credential – Social Sciences

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Dr. Jason Javier-Watson
Assistant Principal

Dr. Jason Javier-Watson is Assistant Principal for 9th& 10thgrades at St. Francis Catholic High School. He began his career in Philadelphia, teaching Spanish 1/2 and English Language Arts (ELA) for seven years.  Dr. Javier-Watson joins us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow. He has a wide breadth of experience working with middle/high school teachers in training around issues of pedagogy, curriculum, and diversity. Over the past few years, he has trained over one-thousand educators from across the country on diversity issues in public, charter, independent, and higher education institutions. 

First Year working at St. Francis: 2018

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Education

B.A. Socioly & Spanish, University of Kansas, 2005
M.S. Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
Ed. D. Reading/Writing/Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Credentials

School Leader Certificate of Eligibility, State of New Jersey, 2014
Administrative I PK-12, State of Pennsylvania, 2014
Instructional Certificate, Level I, State of Pennsylvania, 2007