Departments & Staff


Mathematics Department

Mission Statement
The members of the Mathematics Department of Xavier College Preparatory understand the demand for women that are competent in mathematics to solve today’s problems. The Department strives to educate tomorrow’s women with strong problem-solving skills, estimation without a calculator and analysis with technology to provide them with the best possible base for higher level mathematics. The Department reinforces the use of mathematical language through writing and speaking within groups and as a class. The Department supports faculty professional development to stay current with advanced technology and content. In an effort to encourage respect, we provide an environment that promotes the right of each individual to learn and establishes a sense of responsibility for the student’s own conduct and performance. The curriculum is aligned with Arizona Department of Education (ADE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and College Board standards.

Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)
Mu Alpha Theta is a nationally recognized math honor society. Its purpose is to engender keener interest in mathematics, to develop scholarship in the subject, and to promote enjoyment of mathematics among high school students. All members must remain in honors math classes and advance to AP Calculus AB or higher by their senior year.

EPICS is a design-based, service learning program that teaches students about engineering and technology fields while civically engaging them in their local communities. The program was founded at Purdue University in 1995, and has grown at Purdue and beyond to include nearly a dozen national and international universities. The high school program, EPICS/High, which began in 2004, can be found at three dozen high schools in 6 states across the country, including Xavier College Preparatory. In the EPICS/High program, teams of students work together on projects that address the engineering and technology-based needs of community service and educational organizations. This partnership provides many benefits to the students and the community alike. Students are introduced to engineering, technical design, and social responsibility, while community partners gain access to resources needed to provide valuable services to their organization. EPICS at Xavier provides a means to using engineering and service to integrate and understand the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

Meet Our Department

Mrs. Veronica Smith 
Mathematics Co-Departement Chair
Algebra I 
Honors PreCal/Analy Geometry 
Eva Becker 
Louis Iacovo Jr.  
Algebra I
Honors Algebra II 
AP Statistics 
Stella Ollarsaba, M.Ed.
Algebra II/Trigonometry
Claire Yablong ‘07
Algebra I 
AP Capstone Seminar/Research 
Marina Grubisic 
Mathematics Co-Department Chair
Honors Geometry 
Honors Algebra I 
Barbara M Bond, MBA, CPA 
Wendy Mostoller 
College Algebra 
Bonnie Pendergast 
AP Calculus AB 
AP Calculus BC 

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

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