Mrs. Shannon Sedio
Mrs. Sedio has taught for 14 years in Pre-K – 2nd grade. She is returning for her 11th year at Royal Palm Academy, this year as our Kindergarten teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Fredonia State University of New York and holds a dual teaching certification in both New York and Florida. Shannon was awarded and nationally recognized for 3 consecutive years in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and was also nominated for Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award in 2010. In 2012 she was honored by the Naples Alliance for Children with the Apple Blossom Award, Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Erin Brady
Mrs. Brady is returning for her 9th year at RPA. She taught Kindergarten for three years, and this will be her sixth year in First Grade. Erin will also continue as our Reading Coordinator for grades K – 2. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Fredonia State University in New York and her Master’s Degree in Literacy from Canisius College in New York.
Mrs. Jennifer Clarke
This will be Mrs. Clarke’s 6th year at RPA. She has been one of our 1st grade teachers, and this year will be moving to 2nd grade. In addition, she coordinates our Charity for Change program and the After School Program. Jennifer is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Prior to joining us, she was a Camp Director at the YMCA for three years and assisted with fundraising events.
Mrs. Joy Savenas
First Grade and Second Grade Teacher Assistant
This is Mrs. Savenas’ 5th year at Royal Palm Academy. She has been one of our 2nd grade teachers, and this year she will be our Teacher Assistant in first and second grades primarily working with students individually to strengthen reading skills. She taught second grade for two years in Collier County and twelve years in Michigan. Joy is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Elementary Education, and her Master’s Degree in Administration. She has worked as a Title I reading specialist and was involved in Science Olympiad, Student Council, Coaching Cheerleading, and creating a radio broadcast for her previous school.
Mrs. Christine Theriault
Mrs. Theriault is returning for her 14th year at Royal Palm Academy. She has been one of our Kindergarten teachers and will be moving to Third Grade this year. In addition, this will be her third year as one of our Cross Country coaches. Chrissy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama where she earned a triple major in Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education K through 6th, and Special Education for mild learning and behavior disabilities.
Mrs. Johanna Myers
Mrs. Myers is returning for her 5th year at Royal Palm Academy. She has been one of our Kindergarten teachers and will be moving to Third Grade this year. Johanna graduated in 2001 from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics. After graduating, she moved to Connecticut where she taught middle school math for four years. She then moved to Chicago in 2005 where she taught students with emotional disabilities.
Ms. Marybeth Dee
MMs. Dee is from Sag Harbor, NY and this is her 5th year at RPA as one of our 4th grade teachers. This will also be her fourth year as one of our Cross Country coaches. Marybeth earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1994, and a Master’s Degree from Fordham University in NYC in Early Childhood Education. She taught for six years at the Epiphany School in Manhattan, 5th grade in Brooklyn for one year, and eight years on Long Island in Sag Harbor.
Ms. Renee DiSerafino
Ms. DiSerafino was the first teacher hired at RPA when it was established in 1997, making this her 16th year with us. She has been our 3rd grade teacher, but will be moving this year to 4th grade. Renee graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College in PA with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Renee holds certification from New Jersey and Florida. She attended Catholic schools from elementary through college, and this year begins her 34th year of teaching in Catholic education. Renee taught 4th grade for 18 years in Newark, NJ. and during that time was named “Catholic Teacher of the Year.”
Miss Leslie Greene
Ms. Greene joined the RPA team in 2011 as a long term substitute, taught 2nd grade last year, and this year will be moving to fifth grade. Ms. Greene was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, she attended Catholic school and is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in fine art and education. She is certified to teach art, grades K-12, as well as elementary education, K-5. She began pursuing her Master’s Degree this summer in elementary education.
Mrs. Alexia Johnson
This is Mrs. Johnson’s second year teaching at Royal Palm Academy as one of our fifth grade teachers. Prior to joining RPA, she taught 4th and 5th grade in the Lee County Schools System for seven years where she also served as the advisor for the National Elementary Honors Society. Mrs. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and received her Master’s Degree from FGCU.