Morenci High School Leadership
Mr. Don Goodman became principal of Morenci High School in 2020. Born and raised in Morenci, he has 24 years of classroom teaching experience, including nine years at MHS from 1989-1998, and was a principal for five years in Quemado, NM before returning to Morenci in 2019. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from ASU in 1986, a second bachelor’s degree in Physical Science from NAU in 1989, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from NAU in 2001. Mr. Goodman has taught high school and middle school science, math, computer and drama classes, has coached high school and junior high school basketball, and sponsored high school and middle school drama programs in Arizona and New Mexico. He and his wife, Donna, have been married since 1983 and have six children and ten grandchildren.
Morenci High School Academic Coach
Mrs. Ilsa Castillo is the Academic Coach for Morenci High School. Mrs. Castillo has been with MHS since 2003. She was originally hired as a mathematics teacher and has been in her current position since 2014. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona and her M.A. in Teaching Mathematics through Western Governors University. Mrs. Castillo is married with four children. Among some of her responsibilities are helping to train teachers, facilitate state testing, serve on the district leadership team, and coordinate intersession.
Morenci High School Counselor
Mr. Joseph ‘Joe’ Garcia was born in Morenci. He attended and graduated from Duncan High School in 2002, and immediately thereafter began attending The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from there in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Extended English Education. Soon after, he married his high school sweet heart Sonya Garcia. They have 4 beautiful children: Catalina, Cyndle, Joseph ‘Junior’, and Ernesto. Mr. Garcia worked as an English teacher in Willcox, Arizona. There he taught Junior and Senior Honors English for 6 years. He was also the Head Varsity Football and Head Varsity Baseball Coach respectively.
After Willcox, Mr. Garcia moved to Morenci in 2012. He taught Freshman English at Morenci High School and coached Football, Wrestling, and Baseball as an assistant. In 2017 Mr. Garcia became the Guidance Counselor. He currently serves as both the Guidance Counselor and Freshman English Teacher at Morenci High School in addition to Assistant Varsity Football Coach and Head Varsity Softball Coach.
Mrs. Wilson is a Morenci High School graduate. She played tennis and was part of the MHS Pride Band as a flag girl. She was also part of various clubs and honor societies during her high school years. After graduating from Morenci High, Mrs. Wilson moved to Tucson, AZ where she attended the University of Arizona and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is currently completing her Master’s in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Family Dynamics. She stayed in Tucson after graduating from the U of A and gained experience in her field of study for a few years before moving back to Morenci. Mrs. Wilson has experience working for the State of Arizona, United Healthcare, and CODAC Behavioral Health Services. She has worked with children and adults and has a passion for mental health and helping individuals set and reach goals.
A message from Mrs. Wilson: “I am very excited to be back in my home town and working at the high school I graduated from. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat! This was my goal when I graduated high school. I want to help students achieve their goals and be successful young adults. I am ready to meet and help students during their high school careers as this will jump start success after graduating. High school can be some of the best years of your life and some of the most stressful too! Come on by the counseling department if you are in need of talking through something or need help regarding your academic career. We are here to help in any way we can!”
Morenci High School Office Manager & Registrar
Mrs. Amy Ciriello is the Office Manager and Registrar for Morenci High School. Mrs. Ciriello has been with MHS since 2015. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with her B.S. in Family and Human Development. Mrs. Ciriello is originally from the Phoenix area and has lived in Manteca, CA, Elko, NV and Las Vegas, NV. As her family is originally from Morenci, she has spent many summers visiting Morenci. She is married and has four children. Some of her responsibilities include being a member of Site Council, tracking and maintaining attendance, and coordinating the music for passing periods daily.
Morenci High School Counselor Assistant
Ms. Brenda Carabeo Street is the Administrative Assistant to the Counselors for Morenci High School.
She has been with Morenci High School since 2012. Ms. Street is a single mother of two beautiful girls, Charleigh and Brooklyn. She is an alumni of Morenci High School and graduated with the class of 83’. Some of her responsibilities are to make schedules for the students, schedule students for GIFT and EAC classes, give the placement test for students interested in EAC classes, inputting data for the state, and proctor the LNA students. She is also the tennis coach and sponsor of the Leo’s Club. Least and foremost she is here for the kids
Morenci High School Nurse
Mrs. Juanita Verlander is the Medical Assistant, Heath Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician for Morenci High School. She has been with Morenci High School since 2005. Prior to moving to Arizona, Mrs. Verlander attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico. After moving to Arizona, she attended Eastern Arizona College in Safford Arizona for her Emergency Medical Technician certification. Mrs. Verlander is CPR and first responder certified. Some of her duties include attending to daily medical emergencies and needs of MHS students and staff, the AIA Assessor for the Certification/Hydration requirements of the MHS wrestling program, submits all required medical related reporting on the state level, and keeps up to date all Immunization records and required reporting. In addition, she is also the Assistant Band Director and Flag Line coach for MHS and class school sponsor for the class of 2019.
Mrs. Verlander is married to Mr. Greg Verlander and they have three daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Mrs. Verlander is proud to be a Wildcat!