Meet the Director: Molly Arthur
Molly started Educational Pathways, Inc. in 2015, a private tutoring company through which she served the needs of many students who struggle academically. She has recently led a team in the development of Educational Pathways Academy, which opened in August of 2017. EPA is a private, Christian school registered through the Florida Department of Education as meeting all compliance standards and is qualified as a provider of all state scholarships. Through the launching of EPA, it is Molly's desire that the needs of more students with learning differences can be met.
Educational Pathways Academy is founded and directed by Molly Arthur who has 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in public and private schools. Molly holds a degree in Specific Learning Disabilities from the University of South Florida and has years of experience in various areas of special and mainstream education in both private and public schools. Molly’s vast teaching experience has exposed her to the significant struggle with reading, writing, and spelling that affects approximately twenty percent of students. These students struggle despite having high intelligence, motivation, and a quality education. This ignited a passion in her to seek additional knowledge and training in learning disabilities and in the field of Dyslexia.
Cary Tronnier: Enrichment Arts Specialist
Ms. Tronnier comes to EPA with over 17 years of teaching experience in Collier County schools as well as private art camps. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design where she continued to expand her knowledge and expertise in the field of art. Her passion for art instills the necessary skills needed to unlock inner creativity and build self-confidence in young minds. Ms. Tronnier has been a Naples resident since 1972. She has three wonderful children and is very excited to be a member of the EPA Team!
Amy Arnold : Social Studies & Science & Lower School Bible
Prior to coming to EPA last year, Mrs. Arnold had 23 years of teaching experience with Collier County Public Schools. Over those years, she has taught every subject including Language Arts, Reading, Math, and History. She spent 4 years teaching exceptional student education in reading and language arts and is Florida State Certified in Elementary Education (K-6) and Varying Exceptionalities (K-12). Additionally, she is Gifted Endorsed, which will help us keep the “great minds” of our students challenged!
Kristy DeRienzo: Reading Specialist & Lead Teacher
Mrs. DeRienzo brings many years of experience and knowledge to her position as EPA's Reading Specialist and Lead Teacher. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a dual Master's Degree in Reading and Special Education. Additionally, she holds a Reading Specialist Certification and has extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling. Her twenty years of experience include teaching at a school dedicated to students with dyslexia in New York, Elementary Education teacher, High School Reading and Special Education teacher, and Private Reading Tutor.
Mrs. DeRienzo teaches the Structured-Literacy piece of reading instruction at EPA. Additionally, in her position as Lead Teacher, she supports teachers in all subjects with the implementation of researched-based practices and professional development.
Tracy Hartman: Language Arts
Ms. Hartman joined EPA's teaching team in August 2018. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Stetson University and brings with her 13 years of teaching experience including public & private, Montessori education. For the past 8 years, Ms. Hartman has been employed by the Collier County Pubic Schools system at Calusa Park Elementary where she taught the 2nd grade ESE cluster classroom. Prior to that, she devoted 12 years of her life to being a foster parent to children, many of whom had special needs. Ms. Hartman holds her Florida Professional Educator's Certificate in Elementary Education K-6. She has a passion for innovative teaching and arts integration. Her main teaching assignments at EPA include Elementary Math & Language Arts.
In addition to being a Florida State Certified teacher in Elementary Education and Specific Learning Disabilities, Molly is a Certified Dyslexia Specialist. Her professional affiliations include the International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America, and the Dyslexia Foundation.
Cyndy Gantzert: Middle School Math
Mrs. Gantzert graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Therapeutic & Special Needs Recreation. She has over 16 years of experience in various roles in education. Most recently, Mrs. Gantzert taught Middle School Math and Science at Gulf Coast Charter Academy. Mrs. Gantzert is also currently the Head Cheerleading Coach for Varsity & Junior Varsity students at First Baptist Academy, where her daughter attends high school. Her main teaching roles are co-teaching Middle School Languagage Arts & Middle School Math.
Nancy Batelli: Administrative Manager & Lower School Instructional Support
Mrs. Batelli serves EPA as Administrative Manager & Instructional Support for Lower School. Mrs. Batelli holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with dual specialization in Industrial Organization and Clinical Counseling from Moravian College. Her past experience includes Director of Human Resources for many large corporations, managing her current family business, and over 17 years of substitute teaching for local private schools in grades PreK-8. Mrs. Batelli’s wide skill set allows her to serve the students, families, and faculty of EPA in many ways.
Ms. Cary Tronnier
Enrichment Arts Specialist
Lisa Panzarella: Academic Instructor
Mrs. Panzarella comes to EPA with 10 years of experience in private, Christian school education. Mrs. Panzarella earned a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education from State College of Florida. She holds her Florida Professional Educator's Certificate, as well as a Director's Credential for early childhood. Lisa has been a resident of Naples for 27 years. She and her husband have a son who is attending high school at FIrst Baptist Academy. Mrs. Panzarella is thrilled to be joining the EPA team of educators this school year and to use her gifts & talents to positively impact the students of EPA. Her heart's desire is to help each child see that they truly are God's masterpiece!