About the Staff

Teachers

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Hillary Ahlfeldt

Teacher

Ms. Ahlfeldt is from far away Owensville, MO. She attended Missouri State University where she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education, ESE and Wilson Reading System Level 1. Ms. Ahlfeldt started her teacher career as a substitute teacher in elementary and middle grades and later taught 4th grade in her own classroom.  Ms. Ahlfeldt joined De LaSalle Academy in 2012 as a part-time teacher and now serves our students full time. In addition, she works with the students in the After School Program. When she’s not at school, Ms. Ahlfeldt likes going to the beach, reading and spending time with family. Ms Ahlfeldt feels that students learn when provided a safe and positive learning environment and when they are given opportunities to succeed.

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Kelly Amrine

Teacher

Mrs. Amrine hails from Lansing, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Amrine holds certificates in Exceptional Student Education, Cognitive Impairment, Family and Consumer Science, and Secondary and Elementary Education. She has worked with at risk youth with special needs at the high school level, as well as elementary students with special needs in an inclusion setting. Mrs. Amrine believes that students learn best when they are provided a nurturing and safe learning environment where they can grow and discover their strengths. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family in the sunshine, cooking, and being crafty.

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Sharon Beshore

Teacher

Mrs. Beshore is originally from York, PA.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and her Master’s Degree plus 60 credits from Boston College and Penn State University.  She is certified in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education.  Mrs. Beshore taught for 37 1/2 years in PA.  She was a Department Head for the last 14 years.  She was also a Transition Coordinator for the York County Transition Coordinating Council.  She was on the high school Student Assistance Team for 25 years, and received the Outstanding Teacher Award from Shippensburg University in PA for a program dedicated to keeping young people in school.  She believes that all teachers need to help students reach their full potential in a safe and loving environment so that they are encouraged to be lifelong learners.  In her free time, Mrs. Beshore likes to read, go to the beach and, most importantly, visit her three children, their spouses and her six grandchildren.

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Sue Clinghan

Teacher

Mrs. Clinghan relocated to Florida from Lowell, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and is certified in Special Education. She has worked in special education for over fifteen years, first as a paraprofessional, then as a full-time special education teacher and case manager. She believes that all children learn differently and that it is our job as teachers to help all students discover what strategies and learning styles work best for them. When she’s not at school, she like to spend time with family and friends and to read and travel.

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Andy Delgado

Teacher

Mr. Delgado was born in Deland, FL. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where he earned his B.A. in Special Education. He holds a Status of Eligibility for Certification in Special Education and endorsements in Reading and ESOL. Mr. Delgado has worked with students in public and private schools in a resource room environment and he is delighted to have a full-time class of his own. In his spare time, Mr. Delgado enjoys playing video games, going to the movies, visiting Disney World and eating popcorn. He believes that everyone learns differently and that it is his job to find out how each child learns and teach through hands-on experience.

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Valerie Gasco

Teacher

Ms. Gasco is originally from Rutland, VT.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Special Education, both from the University of Vermont.  She holds certification in Special Education (K-12), English (6 – 12) and the Wilson Reading System.  Ms. Gasco has 25 years of classroom experience in various capacities including as an intensive special education teacher for elementary and high school grades in mainstream settings, a special education teacher in a middle school resource room and a co-teacher in a regular education classroom for math, science and social studies.  In her spare time, Ms. Gasco enjoys gardening, walking, knotting, and singing with community chorus groups.  She believes that all students can thrive with challenge, empathy and love.

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Robyn Guercio

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Guercio is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University class of 2017. She will soon receive her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Studies as well as certifications in General Knowledge and ESE. She has spent the past two years substituting locally at special education and public schools including the Goodwill LIFE Academy and De LaSalle Academy. When not in school, Ms. Guercio enjoys sewing and hanging out with friends and family. She believes that effective educators teach not according to their strengths, but according to their students’ strengths.

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Eileen Hafer

Teacher

Mrs. Hafer was born in Huntington, NY and raised in upstate New York.  She attended the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities.  She is certified in ESOL, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Personal Training.   She has taught general education, special education (varying exceptionalities and intensive academics) and special education resource (elementary).   Mrs. Hafer believes that when students feel safe, happy, and respected they will try their best every time.  When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Hafer enjoys Crossfit, running, organic gardening, and traveling throughout the United States.

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Leomara Hernandez

Teacher

Ms. Hernandez grew up in Sprngfield, MO. Her B.A. degree from Drury University is in Cross Categorical Special Education and she holds a M.A. in Special Education Reading. She is certified in Cross Categorical Education, grades K-12. Ms. Hernandez served as a special education teacher at Pipkin Middle School in Springfield, MO for nine years. In fact, she attended Pipkin herself in middle school! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and especially watching her children in sports and activities. Ms. Hernandez believes that all students can learn, given a caring environment that is centered on positivity and encouragement.

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Kristina Kaye

Teacher

Mrs. Kaye is originally from Lebanon Springs, NY (in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains).  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dickinson College.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. She will be finishing her Doctorate in Special Education and Reading at Nova Southeastern University this year!  Mrs. Kaye holds certificates in nine different subject areas including Exceptional Student Education, Health, English 6-12, and S.S. 6-12.  She also has her reading endorsement.  She has worked with youth who are at risk or have special needs in grades 3-12 in a variety of roles and settings over the last 25 years.  Mrs. Kaye believes that students learn best when they are provided a structured and safe learning environment where risk-taking and collaboration are encouraged, and all successes are celebrated.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, volunteering, arts and crafts, traveling, and reading.

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Angela Leckie

Teacher (Academics/Physical Education)

Mrs. Leckie was born in Eau Claire, WI. She attended the University of South Florida where she earned a B.A. in Special Education. Mrs. Leckie is certified in Specific Learning Disabilities, K-12 and Physical Education, K-12. She served as a special education inclusion teacher in public middle school for four years, then taught for nine years in a special education center school in Fort Myers. In her spare time, Mrs. Leckie enjoys singing, spending time with family and friends, and cooking with her two children. Mrs. Leckie believes that we all have doubts about what we are capable of at times, but that through the support of others who are truly dedicated to our success, our achievements can be limitless!

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Jessica Madera

Teacher

Mrs. Madera relocated to Naples from New York City in 1975. She is a graduate of Florida State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. She is certified in Special Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Mathematics and holds an ESOL endorsement. Mrs. Madera has a wide range of experience in special education in New York, Nevada and Florida. She believes that students will learn to their greatest capacity when faith, hope, and love make up the foundation. When she’s not working with students, Mrs. Madera spends time with her husband cooking and trying new recipes. She enjoys running, reading (especially crime/mystery novels) and sings in her church choir.

 

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Laurie Pistorio

Teacher

Mrs. Pistorio is originally from Queens, New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History. She is certified in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. Mrs. Pistorio’s teaching experience in primary grades and self-contained ESE have prepared her for this teaching assignment at De LaSalle Academy. Her educational philosophy is that “students should feel safe to succeed, fail, and explore in the classroom and that their strengths should be celebrated and supported at all times.” In her free time, she loves to read, go to the beach, spend time with her husband, Ed.

 

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Emmy Schroeder

Teacher (Academics/Music)

Mrs. Schroeder hails from St. Louis, MO where she attended the University of Missouri to earn her B.A. in English. She currently holds Certification in Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education. Mrs. Schroeder has taught in a variety of areas and grade levels for ten years and finally found her home at De LaSalle two years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys many hobbies, including yoga, reading fiction, hiking, and art. Most of all, she enjoys playing games, cooking, and singing along to musicals with her husband, Peter and her dog, Milo.

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Grayson Stoff

Teacher (Academics/Art)

Mr. Stoff is originally from Glens Falls, NY.  He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Art, and is certified in Art, K through 12.  He is a 1st year teacher!  While in college, Mr. Stoff spent a lot of time observing and volunteering in classrooms of many ages and subjects.  He has taught painting at Vino’s Picasso for the last year and one-half.  In his free time, he enjoys painting, kayaking, biking, hiking, and playing video games.  Mr. Stoff believes that keeping a creative learning environment allows for students and teachers to discover innovative paths for success.

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Kathy Stolz

Teacher

Mrs. Stolz was born in Bayshore, NY and raised in Sparta, NJ.  She attended the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is certified in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. Mrs. Stolz has worked with children in school settings for over 20 years in various capacities, including both teaching and management. Mrs. Stolz believes that her role as an educator is to enhance her students’ individual strengths and minimize their challenges through creative, active lessons and activities, relationship-building interactions, and meaningful academic and social experiences that promote growth in all areas of development. She believes that all students learn differently and that she is responsible to meet the diverse needs of all her students. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Stolz likes to read, swim, jog, and spend time with her husband and two children.

 

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Diane Walcher

Teacher

Mrs. Walcher was born in International Falls, MN.  She attended Georgetown University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service.  She also holds an MBA from the University of South Florida.  Mrs. Walcher is certified in ESE, ESOL, and K-6 Elementary Education.  She has taught elementary education and served as a resource teacher.   As the parent of a special needs child, Mrs. Walcher firmly believes in the quote from Ignacio Estrada, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”  When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Walcher enjoys reading and traveling.

Ken Wolf

Teacher

Mr. Wolf is originally from Long Island, New York.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education with a Music minor from Florida Gulf Coast University.  He is certified in Special Education and ESOL.  In addition to teaching private music lessons, he has taught at the Boys & Girls Club and was a substitute teacher at De LaSalle before joining the teaching staff.  In his spare time, he enjoys boating, fishing, reading, and playing the saxophone.  Mr. Wolf believes that no two students learn the same way and it is the teacher’s job to differentiate instruction so that every student succeeds.

Therapists

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Jessica Boyd

Speech-Language Pathologist

Mrs. Boyd was born in Terre Haute, IN.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, both from Ball State University.  She is certified as a Speech Language Pathologist by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Mrs. Boyd was a Speech Language Pathologist in the Indiana Public Schools for 10 years.  In her free time, when enjoys exploring Florida’s state parks, walking on the beach, spending time with family, and reading.  Mrs. Boyd believes that it is important to encourage student s to take ownership of their education by setting and achieving goals.

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Pat Galvin

Occupational Therapist

Mrs. Galvin is originally from Hingham, MA.  She attended college in Boston, MA where she earned a B.A. in Sociology from Emmanuel College and a an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.  She is a licensed occupational therapist and  an early intervention specialist.  Mrs. Galvin worked with Lee County Schools before joining De LaSalle Academy.  Before moving to Florida, she spent 14 years with the Weymouth, MA School District.  In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, kayaking and going to the beach.  Mrs. Galvin believes that students are most engaged and ready to learn when they have opportunities to move, plan, and explore “hands-on.”

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Amy Strom

School Counselor

Miss Strom is originally from Cleveland, OH.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University, a Masters of Social Science Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a Masters in Education degree from Ursuline College.  Miss Strom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified School Social Work Specialist.  She is certified in Special Education K – 12 and holds a Reading Endorsement.  She is also a Level 1 certified mentor in Social Thinking.  She has provided counseling in schools and clinical mental health centers and has been in private practice for more than 20 years.  In her free time, Miss Strom enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, watching sports, and traveling.  She believes “Students learn best when they are viewed as individuals and provided a caring and supportive environment to  help them reach their self-actualization by meeting their educational, social and emotional needs and honoring their diversity and success.”

Front Office

Stacie Kolnicki

Receptionist, Clinic Aide and Before School Program

Janet Laverty

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

Mrs. Laverty was born in Detroit, Michigan.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University.  Mrs. Laverty served as Chief Financial Officer for the State Library of Michigan and was the Budget Director for the Michigan Department of Education After 36 years of service for the State of Michigan, she retired to Florida with her family.  In her free time, Mrs. Laverty enjoys spending time with her family, the beach, Disney, traveling, and anything in the sunshine.  Her learning philosophy is “Teaching and learning is a lifelong process, we learn and grow from each other at all ages, through different learning styles.  Encourage an open mind and heart to reach the child’s fullest potential.

James Robinson

Development Director

Mr. Robinson is originally from Fall River, MA.  He has a BFA in Acting from Emerson College and an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College of The City University of New York.  Prior to coming to De LaSalle, he was the Development Director of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island.  Mr. Robinson has more than 20 years experience in fund development and non-profit management in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.  In his spare time he acts, directs, plays tennis, reads, and spends time with his four animals.

Student Support

Kerry Chesebro

Teacher’s Aide

Christine Danielson

After School Program

Alicia Djerf

After School Program

Andi Hirsch

After School Program

School Support

Barbara Adams

Food Services Manager

 

Campus Maintenance

Marcella Johnson

Bus Driver

Vernon Southard

Bus Driver

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