School Leadership


Elias Mendoza

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

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


CA Clear Administrative Services Credential

CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential-BCLAD


Dr. Jocelyn Chavez
Assistant Principal

Dr. Jocelyn Chavez has held multiple roles in her 29-years of being in education. She’s been an Associate Director of Admissions at the University of the Pacific, Teacher In Charge and College Career Counselor at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, MOU Program Manager/Admissions Counselor at Sacramento State University,  Adjunct Faculty/Counselor at Cosumnes River College, Dissertation Chair and Dissertation Team Member at Brandman and University of La Verne, mentor and supervisor of students obtaining their Master’s in Counseling, and possesses extensive teaching experience.

More recently, Dr. Chavez has been working at the Galt Joint Union High School District, where she was the District Counselor, College & Career. Her wide breadth of experience working with K-12 schools, community colleges, UC/CSU, and private 4-year institutions make her an ideal candidate for the role of assistant principal. 

First year working at St. Francis: 2021
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Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne, 2011

M.S., School Counseling, University of La Verne, 1999

B.A., University of California, Davis, 1991


CA Clear-Pupil Personnel Services Credential, 1991


Valerie Ramos
Diversity Coordinator

Valerie Ramos serves as Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at St. Francis Catholic High School.  She worked in Sacramento City Unified School district as a teacher, vice principal, and principal at K-8 schools for 20 years.  She earned a MA in Catholic Theology from University of Sacramento and Franciscan University, Steubenville, then served as Director of Religious Education at St. John Vianney Parish in Rancho Cordova. She and her husband, Carlos, coordinate the RCIA program, and is the founder of the St. Josephine Bakhita Black Catholic Ministry at Good Shepherd Parish in Elk Grove.

First Year working at St. Francis: 2021

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MA, Catholic Theology, University of Sacramento and Franciscan University, Steubenville