Get to know the GCCAS Faculty & Staff


Ms. Gwen DaPore

Executive Director

Ms. DaPore graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She received her Masters Degree in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership from Wright State University.  Ms. DaPore began teaching in 1969 as a fifth grade teacher in her hometown of Piqua, Ohio. After teaching for two years, she relocated with her family to Centerville, Ohio, where she began teaching in West Carrollton and continued for the next twenty-nine years teaching second through sixth grades.

She received excellent interdisciplinary curriculum training that encompassed and fostered student critical thinking skills while working in West Carrollton, via the AIMS Program (Activities Integrating Math and Science) and Talents Unlimited for gifted students. She became a trainer of the AIMS Program for her school district, and also worked for AIMS training many teachers throughout the state of Ohio.

Ms. DaPore demonstrated outstanding teaching methods along with effective classroom management techniques and because of these abilities, became a Praxis III Assessor, training and evaluating teachers for the state of Ohio.  She applied for National Board Certification and was one of only fifteen to earn the Early Adolescence Science National Board Certification in 2001. She retired from West Carrollton City Schools with thirty-one years of outstanding teaching experience and went to work for Edvantages Management Company as a fourth grade/lead teacher for Middletown Preparatory and Fitness Academy, a new charter school.  She worked for this group for eleven years, serving as teacher, Principal, Curriculum Specialist, Test Coordinator, Staff Development Coordinator, Praxis III Coordinator, and Regional Superintendent.

Ms. DaPore relocated to Florida in 2009 to assist in creating and building the Prep and Fitness Schools in SW Florida.  She became the principal of Bonita Springs Preparatory and Fitness Academy and concurrently, facilitated the growth and development of two other Prep Academies until they were sold in June of 2013.

For the past two years Ms. DaPore has served as a Board Member for GCCAS and helped with evaluating teachers and tutoring middle school students last year.  She is excited to be a part of the GCCAS family and looks forward to a challenging year filled with excitement and learning.

Mr. William Staros


The 2015-2016 school year marks my 2nd year as Assistant Principal at GCCAS. Overall, this school year will be my 9th year in the field of education. I am very excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents and caring community. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education from FGCU and my Masters in Educational Leadership from The University of New England. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my wife, Beth, and my little girl, Ella-Rose. My other passions include swimming, trying new restaurants, and traveling to Savannah, Ga. for a taste of good Southern cooking. I feel honored to be the Assistant Principal at Gulf Coast Charter Academy. I look forward to all of the new challenges we will face together and to all the successes we will achieve together. I invite you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas as my door is always open.

Ms. Gina Siringo

Director of Student Services

Ms. Siringo is a native New Yorker who has a background in both business and educational settings.  Her Bachelor’s Degree is in English Literature from S.U.N.Y Plattsburgh, and her dual M.E.D. in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-6 is from Wilmington University in Delaware.  She is Highly Qualified as an ESE Specialist and Elementary School Generalist.  Ms. Siringo has worked with children for over twenty years.  She has experience with both mild and severe disabilities in inclusive and self-contained settings.  Ms. Siringo speaks Italian, and a little Spanish.  She is excited to begin her second year at Gulf Coast Charter as the Director of Student Services.  

Ms. Jamie Perrault

ESE Specialist/Testing Coordinator


Ms. Perrault is excited to join GCCAS for the 2015-2016 school year. She has recently relocated to Naples Fl, from Massachusetts. Ms. Perrault graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Masters of Arts in Teaching Middle and Secondary History with an add on program in Special Education. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts in History at the same university. She is passionate about learning, and is excited to play a crucial role in the academic and social growth of the students at GCCAS. Ms. Perrault strives to live an active lifestyle as a former roller derby league founder and skater, as well as practicing yoga. 

Ms. Amanda DelPonte

School Counselor


Ms. Del Ponte recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland with her Masters of Education in School Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA. Ms. Del Ponte is from Pennsylvania, loves the beach, and dolphins!



Mrs. Yesenia Gonzalez

ELL Coordinator

Mrs. Marissa Pendley

Speech Language Pathologist



Mrs. Kelly Grimm

Office Manager (OP)

Mrs. Kelly Grimm is excited to be a part of the GCCAS team.   This is her third school year at GCCAS.  Mrs. Grimm worked as a paramedic and as a stay at home mom before joining the team.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, and sons, Logan and Mason, and her dog, Hunter.  

Mrs. Cathleen Gillies

Office Personnel

Mrs. Danielle Grim

Office Personnel


Danielle Grim is an Office Assistant at Gulf Coast Charter Academy. She is involved in the children's ministry program at her church and has been a Girl Scout Leader for three years. She and her husband moved to Florida to escape Ohio's winters. Her daughters, Peyton and Laynee, attend GCCAS.

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