A Very Special Girl With Special Needs

Yudith is a 7th grader at North Naples Middle School who attends Gargiulo Education Center every day after school. Yudith faces some learning challenges, and as a student needs Exceptional Student Education (ESE). This is provided for children with disabilities who...

From No School to Teaching School

In January of 2020, Mary Asta was making one of her regular trips to the farmworker’s housing camp to check-in on the families when she spotted a boy about 15 wandering around. “Who is that boy? Why isn’t he at school today?” she asked. She was curious because she was...

Araceli – The Little Artistic Entrepreneur

One of our youngest EAP students is making moves toward true entrepreneurialism. Araceli, who is in 5th grade and has been with GEC since kindergarten has begun to bloom. Araceli started out extremely shy and very quiet. Over the years she has watched her class mates...

From GEC Kindergartner to Program Director

Ashley started attending GEC when she was in Kindergarten. To put it in perspective, that is almost ¾ of her life that she’s been at La Escuelita (or Little School as the children of Gargiulo like to call it). This past spring, she earned her high school diploma and...

Luz Alonso, Proud GEC Graduate and Future Nurse

You may remember Luz. She is a GEC graduate whose caring nature has led her to pursue a career as a nurse. Despite the challenges of working two jobs, one at Starbucks and another at Carlisle Senior Living in Naples, Luz earned her Associates Degree from Florida...

Larry – Finalist at Math Fluency Tournament

Larry hated math, plain and simple. He just didn’t feel he was any good at math and for that reason it was always his least favorite subject. He felt he would never succeed at math, which was a challenge the educators at GEC were ready to accept. Teachers and...