Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to educate each child academically, physically, socially, and spiritually in

a Christian 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 a school environment that fosters love and respect for God and


 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. 

St. Anthony of Padua - Our School's Patron Saint


Born: 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal Died: June 13th, 1231 Canonized: 1232

 St. Anthony's wealthy family wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he became a poor Franciscan. When the remain of Saint Bernard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs, were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony was moved to leave the Augustinian Order, enter the Friars Minor, and go to Morocco to evangelize when he was 26 years old. Shipwrecked in Sicily, he joined some other brothers who were going to Portiuncula. He lived in a cave in San Paolo leaving only to attend Mass and sweep the nearby monastery. One day when a scheduled speaker failed to appear, the brothers pressed him into speaking. He impressed them so that he was thereafter constantly traveling, evangelizing, preaching, and teaching theology through Italy and France. A gifted speaker, he attracted crowds everywhere he went, speaking in multiple tongues; legend says that even the fish loved to listen. One of the most beloved of saints, his images and statues are found everywhere. Simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, so that the most unlettered and innocent might understand it. Pope Pius XII proclaimed him a Doctor of the church on January 16, 1946. St. Anthony was canonized less than one year after his death at the age of 36. St. Anthony is best known for his patronage of seekers of lost articles. Few people know that he is the patron of many other causes. He is the patron against shipwrecks, against starvation, American Indians, amputees, animals, Brazil, the elderly, expectant mothers, faith, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, fishermen, harvests, mail, mariners, oppressed people, poor people, Portugal, sailors, starving people, sterility, travel hostesses travelers, the Tigua Indians and of course, St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno, California. 


St. Anthony School - Student Learning Expectations - PK-3

Students at St. Anthony School are developing into faithful Christians who can joyfully…

SLE.1. - Worship God

A. Participate respectfully in services

B. Recite some basic prayers

SLE.2. - Serve Others

A. Respect differences in varied cultures

B. Work well with others 

C. Resolve conflicts peacefully

D. Share God-given talents 

SLE.3. - Evangelize Others

A.  Demonstrate Christian values

B. Treat others as they want to be treated

SLE.4. – Contribute to the General Good 

A. Participate in class activities

B. Apply God-given gifts well

C. Think before they act

D. Express themselves clearly

St. Anthony School - Student Learning Expectations - 4-8

Students at St. Anthony School are developing into faithful Christians who can joyfully...

SLE.1. - Worship God

A. Recognize and give thanks for God’s presence in their lives and in the world

B. Participate in liturgical and sacramental expressions of faith

C. Demonstrate various types of prayer used in their personal relationship with God

D. Express personal acknowledgement of God’s plan for them in choosing their vocations

SLE.2. - Serve Others

A. Show respect for the similarities and differences in others’ cultures, ideas, and opinions

B. Work collaboratively with others

C. Resolve conflict in a fair manner

D. Share their God-given talents for the good of others

E. Respond willingly to the needs of others

SLE.3. - Evangelize Their Neighbors

A. Live, work, and speak as a disciple of Jesus Christ

B. Act with integrity, humility, and self-discipline

C. Make positive comments about others

D. Consider Catholic moral and social teaching when making decisions

E. Share the message of the Gospel and Catholic Teaching

SLE.4. - Develop the Skills and Habits Necessary to Contribute to the Good of the Community

A. Persevere in their academic studies and extracurricular activities

B. Be present in class and participate in discussion

C. Create quality work that is on-time

D. Use critical thinking, listening, and problem-solving skills

E. Express thoughts clearly in written and oral form

Our Shepherds


The Most Reverend James S. Wall

Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup



Fr. Dan Kassis

Our School Chaplain

Pastor - St. Rita Catholic Church


Fr. Isaac

Superintendent of Schools

Diocese of Gallup

Board of Trustees


Robert J. Higgins

Founder & Board President


Donna Moore

Board Member


Ray Hubbard

Board Member


Walter Yosin

Board Member



Board Member

Our Principal


Bryan Yorksmith, M.A.Ed.

 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. 

Our Outstanding Educators


Paula Sedillo - PK

 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." 


Panda Causey - Kindergarten

 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.  


Marie Freeman - 1st Grade

 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.  


Melissa Grzelak - 2nd Grade

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. 


Jennifer Heslip - 3rd Grade

 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. 


Julie Kittle - 4th Grade Math/Science

 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. 


Samantha Rose - 4th Grade Language Arts/S.S.

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.   


Christina Verdugo - 5th Grade

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.   


Carrie Jones - Jr. High Science & History

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.  


Lisa Fogle - Jr. High Math

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. 


Steffanie Garguilo - Jr. High Language Arts

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. 


Samaria Mallow - P.E.

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.   Samaria also coaches multiple sports at St. Anthony School.


Crystal Kinsey - Art

Bio coming soon...


Jeannie McCabe - PK-3 Music

Bio coming soon...


Davylyn Shaddinger -4-8 Music

 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.