Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
Annemarie Francis is an original staff member and the full-time athletic trainer at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine with All University Honors from High Point University, North Carolina, and a Master of Science from Georgia State University.
Having worked with collegiate, professional, and amateur athletes for over two decades, she has chosen to spend the majority of her professional time in the high school setting. She enjoys working with student-athletes and their parents among the mix of individual and team sports offered at the secondary level. Volunteer athletic training opportunities have included the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the Marine Corps Marathon/ Semper Fi Fund, Fairfax County Public Schools sports physical events, and a long-ago internship with the Atlanta Paralympics Organizing Committee in medical operations.
She accomplishes mentorship and growth of the profession as an adjunct clinical instructor with George Mason University, through occasional contract work with local youth sports organizations, and by collaborating with JP students expressing interest in athletic training or related career fields. Additional professional activities include research participation, part-time work on demand through a local hospital system, and professional volunteerism within two committees for the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association.
She serves as a regional representative within the state associations for Athletic Training and one for Athletic Administrators. Within the JP community's faith-filled offerings, she made a pilgrimage to Europe, exploring Portugal, Spain, and France in 2017. She attended multiple mission trips to the Navajo reservation area in the southwest United States.