OUR STAFF

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.

ANN LEE

Educational Director 

Ann Lee is a passionate, highly qualified educator with a B.A. in English (grades 6-12) an M.A. in reading and English (K-12), and an administrative certification (6-12). During her 40 years in education, her diverse classroom experience has included teaching middle school through high school, remedial through AP classes, and kids of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Eager to reach students of various populations, she has helped launch an alternative middle school and high school as well as a private Christian Classical school. Translating her experience to other professionals, Ann has coached and mentored first-year teachers, presented at national reading conferences, and implemented staff development programs. As a high school administrator, she supervised, guided, and nurtured 100 teachers and 2800 students. Since retirement, she has participated and taught in six overseas mission trips and frequently worked with high school students in a volunteer capacity. Excited to return to her love of students, she has enthusiastically accepted the position of Director of Education with Gargiulo Education Center where she also will continue to teach grades 6-12. 


BETH SCHADD

Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program 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.  

 


JENNIFER LAVERY-CUNNEY

Office Manager

 


SHELLEY KIRBY

3rd and 4th Grade Teacher

Shelley studied and received her Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Delaware. She pursued a Master’s in Cardiac Rehab at San Diego State University until relocation and starting a family cut her endeavors short. Shelley has three children Jordan, Caroline and Jack. She was very involved in their schools as a substitute teacher, room parent and parent reading programs. Shelley participated in years of Vacation Bible Study, Community Bible Study for Homeschool children, taught junior high youth and confirmation classes and attended a mission trip to Zambia for Family Legacy where she sponsors several children.  She volunteered every week for 5 years at Stonebridge Food Pantry in The Woodlands, TX.  The pantry, an outreach of Shelley’s church, served the underprivileged in the community by providing food, clothing, school supplies, and Christmas gifts. Shelley has a heart for kids and a passion and enthusiasm for making learning fun. She began at Gargiulo as a volunteer in April 2018.


ANGELA OWNSBEY

1st and 2nd grade Teacher 

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.

 

 


JENINE BURKWIT

Music Teacher Jennine Fuentes has been teaching music and performing throughout South Florida throughout the past 15 years. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Florida International University in 2007 and her Master’s Degree, shortly after, from the American College of Education. She taught in general music and has been the choral director in schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties ranging from pre-school to high school. While she has been a cantor at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Saint Agnes Catholic Church for the last 8 years, she now holds the position of Artistic Director at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, FL. With Saint Johns, she has performed in Italy and Ireland. Jennine is thrilled to be teaching music once a week to the youth at the Gargiulo Education Center.


DONNA LOTHIAN

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CAROL LUKEMAN

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DION RAHILL

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THERESA SOCOL

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