MARY ASTA

Executive Director

Mary has served on the board of the Gargiulo Education Center since 2017 and was named its Executive Director in January, 2018.  She has an extensive history in philanthropy.  As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at Rockefeller University in New York City, she developed the foundation’s structure from the ground up, raising millions of research dollars as well as pro bono media dollars.  She has sat on the board of and/or advised several foundations, including The Intrepid Museum, Fisher House Foundation, Michael Stern Parkinson’s Foundation, Fallen Heroes Funds, and Hanover Charities. Mary currently serves on the board of the Montessori Academy of Naples.  As a successful entrepreneur, she owns a patent-holding company, Master Poe Innovations, and has an extensive history in the entertainment and fashion worlds.  In her spare time, she works with Alzheimer’s patients.

 

ROBERT WICKBOLDT, JR.

Educational Director

Robert has recently joined the Gargiulo team as a teacher, having recently accepted the position of Director of Education. Robert’s background and experience includes a 30+ year United States Navy career, having retired as a Master Chief in 2008. A graduate of the University of Houston, he completed his MPA from the University of Oklahoma while on active duty. Following his retirement, he was accepted at West Virginia University to work on his PhD in political science while teaching biology as a teaching assistant. In 2015 Mr. Wickboldt was offered and accepted a position as Department Head, Science, at Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Virginia. The Wickboldt’s moved to Naples in the fall of 2018. He has been teaching at a private school here in Naples since arrival, teaching biology, anatomy, forensics, biochemistry, statistics, genetics, and The Art of War. Mr.Wickboldt is a welcome asset to the Gargiulo environment.

 

BETH SCHADD

Operations Director

Beth Schadd is the dedicated and enthusiastic Director of the Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program (EAP) at Gargiulo Education Center.  Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in Zoology.  After graduating, Beth worked at a medical entomology lab at the University studying mosquitoes and malaria.  She eventually moved to Idaho, where she fell in love with the mountains.  She pursued her love of the outdoors and teaching, earning a Master of Science in Natural Resources and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho, Moscow.  This has afforded her the opportunity to teach both in and out of the classroom in Idaho, China, and Florida.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys all the beauty and activities that Florida has to offer.

 

ANGELA OWNSBEY

1st and 2nd-grade Teacher-Substitute

Angela has received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has taught in the classroom for eight years and prior to that has spent years as a volunteer in different classroom settings. She enjoys helping children learn and helping them reach their full potential with a passion in teaching phonemic awareness and phonics. On her free time Angela enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, fishing, going to the beach and painting.

BETH ESTENSON

Technology Teacher

Miss Beth comes to us with a degree in Interdisciplinary Education studies.  She teaches our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program.  By mixing subject matter she believes students receive a well-rounded education in technology.  She teaches her class that the goal of integration is for students to understand the importance of innovation in solving many of today’s professional challenges.  Miss Beth is committed to growing student’s abilities with creative ideas because STEAM is the wave of our future.

EILEEN ARAMBARRI

K – 2 Teacher
Eileen recently moved here from New Jersey where she taught for 38 years in grades K-12. her love for teaching is apparent in the long lasting bonds she’s has created with her students over the years. 

LARRY JENSEN

3 – 5 Teacher
Larry’s background includes experience as an eighth grade U.S. History and ESL Reading teacher at Gidley Elementary School in El Monte California. He has also taught eighth grade Communication Skills and Social Studies at Parkwood Middle School in Monroe North Carolina. His education consists of a B.A. in Politics and Public Affairs from the University of Miami and a B.B.A. in Marketing and Business from Northwood University in Midland Michigan. He completed his teaching curriculum at Chapman University in Orange California. In addition to his formal education, he has also completed courses in Teaching ESL students and Writing Skills. When not teaching he enjoys swimming, bicycling, reading, sports, and travel. 

KATHERINE RICE

K-5 Teacher

Bio coming Soon.

KEELEY FRINIER

Smart Program Director

Bio coming soon.

MARILLE WARNER

Dramatic Arts Teacher

Marilee Warner works as an actress and singer in NYC, California, and Florida. Her theatrical credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre Productions – many of which were World or Regional Premieres. She also has Film, TV & Voiceover credits. Besides her performing, Marilee is passionate about discovering and developing new theatrical works. In 1997 she founded Playwrights’ Circle – a company dedicated to developing new works, the Palm Spring International Playwriting Festival, the Palm Springs National Short Play Festival and Songwriters’ Circle. A graduate from University of Miami, Marilee is thrilled to be back in Florida.

DION RAHILL

Math Teacher

Bio coming soon.

 

KATHY McGRATH

Math Teacher

Bio Coming soon.

 

TYRONE TAYLOR

Math Teacher

Bio coming soon.

MARY FAHRER

Substitute Teacher

Bio Coming Soon.