Irma (Navarro) Cocio


Welcome to Friendly FACES,

Thank you for taken the time to view our web page. As some of you may already know me, I am the 21st Century and After School Program Coordinator for ODCS. I have been with Arizona Youth Partnership for over ten years and now into my second year with Open Doors Community School. I have two daughters, a grandbaby and a wonderful husband. I volunteer at my local church teaching youths and adult’s faith base programs. I am a celebration-party coordinator, love the outdoors, read books, root for my favorite NFL team and support my local Arizona Wild Cats. I enjoy working with children daily, it gives me the ability of seeing them grow and succeed into tomorrow’s future. 

Come on by, pay us a visit. We’d love to have you as our guest.

Thank you


Fernanda Tavares

My name is Fernanda Tavares I was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Nogales, Arizona. I attended Northern Arizona University for two years and then transferred and currently attending the University of Arizona to get my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. Since I was a little I always said I was going to be a teacher when I grew up and I'm excited to see where this major takes me. 


Chelsea Ash

Hello! My name is Chelsea Ash. I work as a Para-Professional for Open Doors Community School and also volunteer at Friendly FACES after school program. I have only lived in Arizona since January 2015, I am originally from West Virginia. I am currently attending school to get my degree in education. In my spare time I love to dance (ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and line dancing), scrapbook, cook, read, write, and travel. I live with my husband, who is a paramedic in Tucson areas along with my dog Tebow.


Karina Lopez

I’ve always known that I wanted to work with individuals, families, and the community. Leading me to choose the career I am currently perusing, I am a student at the University of Arizona working towards a Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and Human Development. With this career I plan on working closely with communities and enriching peoples lives. Being part of AZYP’s Friendly FACES after school program has been an awesome growing experience for me. It is a great feeling to know that through our educational activities and homework help we are impacting the lives of these children in a positive manner leading them to a bright and successful future.


Mary Anne Fout

Mary Anne works with the 6th and 7th grade students during homework time.  She has been a Friendly F.A.C.E.S. staff member since ODCS opened in 2013 and has been with AZYP since 2004.  She also serves AZYP as a Community Development Coordinator across Pima County helping the rural communities address substance abuse and suicide.  She has three children and one grandchild and in her spare time loves to read, do crossword puzzles, cheer on her favorite sports teams and perform with a local community theatre company.


Emily Pedersen

Hi there! My name is Emily Pedersen. I have been with Friendly F.A.C.E.S. one year, and it is the best experience. I am currently attending Pima Community College with hopes of transferring to the University of Arizona for a degree in Elementary Education. I love working with all these wonderful kids with such amazing imaginations and personality. Here's to another year!


Vincent Kang

My name is Vincent and I work for the after-school program F.R.I.E.N.D.L.Y faces. I was born in California and raised mostly in Arizona. I am currently a student at the University of Arizona studying nutrition, pursuing my dream to practice pediatrics in the medical field. When it comes to hobbies and interests, I love playing the piano as well as listening to all types of music. I also love going outdoors, exploring, and just being one with nature. I have a strong passion for music, health, and education. I love working with kids and I believe that it is important to reinforce and support a child's educational foundation. Ultimately, I believe that as an after school teacher, it is essential to reach and motivate the aspiring dreams and creativity of children.


Amanda Brown

Hello my name is Amanda Brown. First off I would like to share some things about myself. I am currently working at the Arizona Youth Partnership and have been enjoying this opportunity ever since i had my first week, challenging at times but what a learning experience that i will never forget. Between the compassionate staff and the children you cant get a better job. Secondly I have a tremendous amount of passion myself for children, interacting with them, learning from them yes they arent the only ones that learn, they give me that attitude of unselfishness that i feel we all need in this world. They are truly the hope of the world. Thirdly i am 26 years old, always ready for a challenge even though its overwelming at times, and married to an amazing man. My goals for the future are to go to christian college and get the degrees and certifications needed to further my education towards working with children in the medical field or in teaching so that I can finally have the career that i feel best suits me. I look forward to what God has in store for me and the new people I get the privilege of meeting or encountering.


Priscilla Tibbitts

My name is Priscilla Tibbitts, I am the Second Grade Afterschool Team Member for the AZYP Friendly Faces Program. I have been apart of the AZYP Friendly Faces family since 2013 and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to be involved in such a wonderful Program partnered with Open Doors Community School’s Students and Staff. 

I am a 23 year old Pima Community College student pursuing a degree in pediatric nursing . Since I was in the fourth grade I have always known I wanted to serve children, in any career I chose for my future.  This job allows me to gain many experiences not only in the classroom, but also in how to manage and identify what a child is struggling with in any and all aspects of their lives.

I get up in front of these students  everyday of the week and I have a lesson to teach , but little do these students know that they are teaching me to be a better educator, mentor, and person.