Our Frontline

These teachers make

Magic Happen!

Our carefully curated team of teachers are there for our kids day in and day out. Academically, emotionally and spiritually developing our students is done with a care and understanding that is second to none. These are the heroes at SES.

Staff Directory

Administration

Maria Niebuhr M.Ed. | Principal
(niebuhr@seseton.org)

Beth Tenbarge M.Ed. | Assistant Principal/Dean of Technology
(btenbarge@seseton.org)

Support Staff

Kathy Clifford LPN | School Nurse
(clifford@seseton.org)

Gina Groch M.A. | Marketing/Communications
(groch@seseton.org)

Elaine Pearce | Accountant
(pearce@seseton.org)

Katy Rendon | Admissions Coordinator/Receptionist
(office@seseton.org)

Teresa Smelser | Receptionist/Office Assistant
(smelser@seseton.org)

Ms. Lindsay D’Abrosca, M.Ed. | School Counselor
(dabrosca@seseton.org)

Ted Felber, Jr. | Facilities Manager

Santos Delgado | Groundskeeper

Preschool Teachers

Michele McFee B.S. | PreK-3
(mcfee@seseton.org)

Amanda Banning B.S. | PreK-4
(banning@seseton.org)

K-5 Teachers

Maria Crowley M.S. -KG (crowley@seseton.org)
Ashlyn Farrar, B.A. –1st (farrar@seseton.org)
Dana Hilmoe M.AT -2nd (hilmoe@seseton.org)
Rachel Borkowski, M.A. – 3rd (borkowski@seseton.org)
Amanda Stott B.A. – 4th (stott@seseton.org)
Nichole Eastman M.A. – 5th (eastman@seseton.org)
Dolores Martin M.Ed. – Sub (martin@seseton.org)

Student Support Services

Charity Winter B.S. | Resource Teacher
(winter@seseton.org)

6-8 Teachers

Jamie Snyder B.S. | STREAM Coordinator/Life Skills/8th Grade Homeroom Teacher/Advisor
(snyder@seseton.org)

Phil Miguel, Jr. | Middle School Social Studies
(miguel@seseton.org)

Megan Van Wart – Middle School Science
(vanwart@seseton.org)

Ms. Kelly Williamson – Middle School Math
(williamson@seseton.org)

Mrs. Jen White B.S. | Substitute Teacher
(white@seseton.org)

Lorrie Iszkula – Middle School Language Arts
(iszkula@seseton.org)

Related Arts Teachers

Jeff Tenbarge B.S. | Physical Education/Athletic Director
(tenbarge@seseton.org)

Christina Grun | Art
(grun@seseton.org)

Fabiola Cole M.Ed. | Spanish
(cole@seseton.org)

Paul Desmarais – Music/Band
(desmarais@seseton.org)

Teacher Assistants

Ms. Rena Clark | Teaching Assistant
(clark@seseton.org)

Dagne Fuentes B.S., CDA | Instructional Aide
(fuentes@seseton.org)

Cookie Kelly | Instructional Aide
(kelly@seseton.org)

Deb Silva | 2nd grade Teaching Assistant/After-care
(silva@seseton.org)

Sumaya Perdomo
(perdomo@seseton.org)

Faculty & Staff at St. Elizabeth Seton

These are the educators shaping the little minds that will lead tomorrow. Click on their photo for a little bio of each.

Maria Niebuhr

Principal

Mrs. Maria Niebuhr, M.Ed., was born in Long Island, New York and has been principal at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School since 2017. Mrs. Niebuhr has a Bachelor of Business Degree in Marketing from Hofstra University in New York and was formerly employed as a Vice President in sales and marketing for NatWest USA Bank. After receiving teaching certification from FGCU in elementary education, Mrs. Niebuhr went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership while teaching in the Diocese of Venice. Mrs. Niebuhr has served in Catholic Education since 2002 as a music educator, choir and theater director, and classroom teacher. When she’s not in school, Mrs. Niebuhr enjoys spending time with family and reading.

Mrs. Beth Tenbarge

Assistant Principal/Dean of Technology

Mrs. Tenbarge is our Assistant Principal and Dean of Technology, and she also teaches sixth grade Language Arts. She has been part of the faculty of St. Elizabeth Seton since the fall of 2001. As a member of our Seton family she has had the opportunity to teach fifth grade, a variety of middle school subjects, and serve for a number of years as our school librarian. Mrs. Tenbarge and her husband, Jeff, are committed to Catholic education and proud that both of their children are successful alumni of St. Elizabeth Seton.

Mrs. Tenbarge is a graduate of St. John Neumann High School, Naples, FL. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Secondary Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She recently earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. Tenbarge holds teaching certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and Social Science (5-9).

Gina Groch

Marketing/Communications Director

She holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a double major in Computer Science and Marketing from Temple University.

Mrs. Groch begins her 25th year in the Diocese of Venice, having recently retired from the position of Principal of Saint Ann Catholic School, and as former principal of St. Charles Borromeo School in Port Charlotte. For sixteen years, she served in a variety of roles at St. Elizabeth Seton including Assistant/Interim Principal, Director of Admissions and Marketing, and Tech. Coordinator and teacher. She holds Florida Professional certification in Educational Leadership-All Levels, and K-12 Computer Science. Prior to joining the Diocese, Mrs. Groch worked for the Unisys Corp. as an instructor in the Schools & Government Division. She also ran her own small business computer company.

Both Mrs. Groch’s children attended St. Elizabeth Seton. She is dedicated to advancing the mission of Catholic education and grateful to serve.

Teresa Smelser

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Coming soon.

Ms. Cookie Kelly

Instructional Aide

Ms. Kelly has worked at Seton for 23 years, 14 years as school office manager and as a teacher’s aide in 2nd grade for 8 years. Her son is an alumnus and her grandchildren are Seton students.

Elaine Pearce

Accountant

Ms. Pearce is originally from Ontario, Canada, and moved to Florida 13 years ago with her two children. Prior to moving to Florida, she was a teacher at a community college and loved being involved in education. After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 2005 she became a business manager and accountant. Ms. Pearce relocated to Naples in 2017. She was very excited at an opportunity that merged education and accounting and became St. Elizabeth Seton’s school accountant in March 2018. Ms. Pearce enjoys meeting the school families and looks forward to getting involved with school activities. When not working with numbers, Ms. Pearce enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

Katy Rendon

Admissions Coordinator/Receptionist

Mrs. Rendon was born in New York but grew up in Colombia. She returned to the US and settled in Florida in 2009. She lives with her husband and two young sons who are students at our school. Mrs. Rendon has over ten years of experience working as an office assistant and serving others. She is fluent in Spanish and loves to interact with children as well as spend time with her family.

Mrs. Michele McFee

PreK-3 Teacher

Mrs. McFee and her husband, Shannon, have four daughters who have graduated from St. Elizabeth Seton and St. John Neumann High School. They have a great love and appreciation for Catholic Education! She has lived in Naples most of her life but loves to travel and experience new places. Mrs. McFee received her Associate of Arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She holds teaching certification in both Preschool Education (Birth-Age 4) and Primary Education (K-3).

Mrs. Amanda Banning

Pre K-4 Teacher

Mrs. Banning is a Naples native and life-long member of St. Elizabeth Seton Church. She and her husband, Erik, both graduated from St. John Neumann High School. Mrs. Banning received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies and a minor in Music from Florida Gulf Coast University. She began working at Seton as a teacher’s aide, then as the second grade teacher before excitedly taking on the role as the PK4 teacher. When she is not teaching, she’s spending time with her family, friends or sweet pup, Colbie.

Mrs. Maria Crowley

Kindergarten

Ms. Crowley is originally from Quito, Ecuador and has two children who are both Seton alumni. She has a high school diploma from Cardinal Spellman Girl’s School in Ecuador and also from Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, MA. She has an A.A. degree in Education from Northern Virginia Community College, a BA degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from George Washington University, and an MS degree in Varying Exceptionalities from Barry University. She holds Florida certifications in both Early Childhood and Primary Education. She is bilingual, being fluent in Spanish and English. Her philosophy is that “Childhood should be a journey and not a race”. She enjoys reading, quilting, painting, and gardening.

Dana Hilmoe

Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hilmoe is originally from Long Island, New York, but spent most of her life in Hagerstown, Maryland. She is the product of Catholic Education having attended St. Mary Catholic School and St. Maria Goretti HS in Hagerstown, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

She and her husband, Monte, have been married for thirty years and have four children who all attended the same Catholic schools she attended. After being a stay at home mom for fourteen years, Mrs. Hilmoe returned to school and obtained her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2006. She is a certified Clinical Educator facilitator, Seesaw Ambassador and certified catechist.. She taught at St. Mary Catholic School for ten years as the kindergarten teacher, then one year in public school teaching third grade.

Mrs. Hilmoe moved to Naples in July 2018 and accepted the position of second grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School. She feels very blessed to be part of the staff and looks forward to working with the children and their families.

Ashlyn Farrar, B.A.

1st Grade Teacher

Miss Farrar is a graduate of St. Elizabeth Seton and St. John Neumann High School! She is excited to return to Seton in her new role as first grade teacher. She is looking forward to providing students with the same wonderful Catholic education she received.
Miss Farrar graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education K-6. In addition, Miss Farrar holds ESOL and Reading Endorsements. She taught in the Collier County public school system for the past 9 years with experience teaching Kindergarten, first grade, and third grade, as well as coaching high school athletics.
Miss Farrar is beyond excited for the school year! When she is not teaching, she loves being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family!

Rachel Borkowski, M.A.

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Borkowski grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and attended Catholic schools throughout middle school, high school, and at the university level. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in literacy at Cardinal Stritch University in Wisconsin. She received a Master of Arts in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University as well.
Ms. Borkowski has taught a wide variety of grade levels and has worked as both a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist. She taught Middle School English and Language Arts and Religion, as well as Four-Year-Old and Five-Year-Old Kindergarten. In addition, she worked as a Reading Specialist providing support for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.
Her personal goal is to educate students and support their academic, spiritual, emotional, and physical development through individualized and faith-based instruction. She is excited to begin teaching third grade at St. Elizabeth Seton School for the 2021-22 school year.
Rachel is the oldest of three siblings, and in her free time enjoys dancing, hiking, reading, cooking, volunteering, playing softball, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Amanda Stott

Grade 4 Teacher

Mrs. Stott is looking forward to the new school year! She has been teaching since 2011. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She earned her Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching through International House Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She then taught general and business English in Jakarta, Indonesia, for two years before moving to Russia where she taught at a youth theater camp in St. Petersburg, then in Moscow at a language school for two years. Mrs. Stott then returned to the United States and taught fifth grade at a public school in St. Lucie County for two years before coming to SES in 2017. She lives in Naples with her husband and enjoys travelling and reading.

Mrs. Nichole Eastman

5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Eastman is a Naples native and has been a teacher for 20 years. She has served in several educational roles including third and fourth grade teacher, school media specialist, resource, enrichment, school-wide program initiatives, Seton admissions, and now is the fifth grade teacher. She studied at the University of South Florida and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2001, and her Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science in 2003.

Mrs. Eastman is married and has two children who attend Seton. She is the staff liaison for the Home and School Association. She and her family take an active role in fundraising for the school and church, and she recently joined the Seton Church Parish Council. Mrs. Eastman spends her personal time with family engaging in a variety of outdoor activities including camping, hunting, fishing, and barbecuing.

Mr. Jamie Snyder

STREAM Coordinator/Life Skills/8th Grade

Mr. Snyder is taking on a new role for the 2021-22 school year while continuing to work with our middle school students. He will continue as our 8th grade homeroom teacher/advisor, and will teach middle school Life Skills classes. Mr. Snyder will also direct and coordinate our new STREAM/Robotics program that will be part of the curriculum for all grade levels. This is his 5th year at Seton and 7th year in the Diocese having taught LA and Social Studies at Seton and English and Social Studies for two years at St. John Neumann HS. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Akron in Ohio where he also played college basketball. He enjoys participating in sports of all kinds. His son Carter is a Seton student.

Ms. Christina Grün

Art Teacher

Ms. Christina Grün earned her degree in art and design in Frankfurt, Germany before relocating to the United States. From 1999 to present she has taught art to Pre-K through eighth grade students in private education, joining the St. Elizabeth Seton family in 2009. Always bringing out the best in her students, Ms. Grün presents their work out in the community several times a year.

Ms. Grün is a practicing artist who displays her work in various shows and galleries throughout the year in the Naples area and online.

Lorrie Iszkula

Middle School Language Arts

Mrs. Iszkula joined the Seton faculty in 2020 as First-Grade teacher. She is looking forward to transitioning as the new Middle school Language Arts teacher for the 2021-22 school year. She has 21 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. For several years, she taught Early Childhood (mostly at Pre-K level) through Grade 4. Most of Mrs. Iszkula’s career has been in Middle School, primarily teaching Language Arts. She holds a BS in Economics and teaching certification PK-3rd, and Grades 4-8 Math, Social Studies and Language Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has additional graduate level educational leadership work from Wheeling Jesuit University. As a cradle Catholic, she is happy to continue her work in the smaller, Catholic school family environment at Seton.

Mrs. Fabiola Cole

Spanish

Sra. Fabiola Galarraga-Cole joined St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in 2017. She attended John Carroll University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, and earned her Master of Education with a concentration in Latin American and International studies. She also attended the Universitat de Valencia in Valencia, Spain with the University of Virginia study abroad program, and has traveled throughout Spain, South and Central America.

Before joining SES, she taught Spanish for eight years at Cardinal Pacelli School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society. At SES, she organizes the Spanish Spelling Bee Competition and the Latin Zumba Fiesta. Sra. Cole loves teaching Spanish and introducing students to the wonderful and colorful Latin American culture.

Mrs. Charity Winter

Resource Specialist

Mrs. Charity Winter, B.A. in elementary education, is our Resource Coordinator. She is certified in elementary and exceptional education. Mrs. Winter is also our 7th grade writing teacher, grade-level math teacher for 7th grade, and the middle school drama teacher. Mrs. Winter has taught at Seton since 2006.
Mrs. Winter grew up in Missouri and Daytona Beach, FL. She attended Mainland HS in Daytona and UCF. Previously, she taught second grade in Daytona Beach, grades K-3 for emotionally disabled students in Lake Mary, and third grade in Immokalee. She started teaching in 1997. She is married and has one son.
She believes every child can learn and every child has a talent they can use to contribute to their class and community; they just need the opportunity to do so. Mrs. Winter is very passionate about teaching and tries to be creative when planning for students so they will be as excited about school as she is.

Mr. Jeff Tenbarge

Athletic Director/P.E. Teacher

Coach Tenbarge has been teaching at Seton since 1998. He has been serving as the Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. Coach Tenbarge grew up in Evansville, Indiana. He attended Wabash Valley College, where he received his Associates in Science degree while also playing baseball. After graduating from Wabash Valley, Coach Tenbarge attended the University of Evansville and also played D1 baseball. After spending one year at the University of Evansville, Coach Tenbarge was drafted in the 6th round by the Houston Astros, where he played two seasons of Single A professional baseball. Coach Tenbarge is married to his wife Beth and they have 2 children, Sarah and Tucker. When Coach Tenbarge is not at Seton, there is a good chance you will find him playing golf or umpiring High School baseball.

Ms. Clifford

School Nurse

Ms. Clifford is originally from Staten Island, New York and has been living in Naples since 1978. She has two daughters and five grandchildren. She retired from the Collier County Sheriff's Department. She was the previous Religion teacher at Seton and an instructional aide in Grades 1 and PK4. She is delighted to transition to the role of school nurse to help ensure the health and well-being of our students.

Mrs. Fuentes

Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Fuentes and her husband were born in Cuba. They have a son and daughter, who both attend St. Elizabeth Seton School. Mrs. Fuentes’ family has a great appreciation for Catholic education. She has lived in Naples since moving out of Cuba. She has many interests including: spending time at home, cooking Cuban food, riding bikes with her family, going to places where they learn about animals, swimming, fishing, enjoying the outdoors, playing soccer, and spending quality time with her family.

Ms. Rena Clark

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Rena Clark is the new teaching assistant for Kindergarten. She has been an Educator for the past 20 years and has a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from LaCrosse University and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also continues to work in our After-care program.

Mrs. Jen White B.S.

Substitute Teacher

Mrs. White is from Oregon, Ohio and is a veteran teacher with 30 years of experience as lead teacher and substitute. She has substituted at Seton for over 5 years in various grade levels and subject areas. She holds a BS degree in Health and Social Studies, has completed masters level work in Education, and earned permanent teaching certification from the state of Ohio. She taught middle school for ten years at St. Jerome Catholic School in Toledo. Additionally, she taught health classes for two years, and taught professional development and career development at Ross College for those entering the medical field. Mrs. White loves subbing at Seton and is deeply committed to faith-based education.

Dolores Martin

Substitute Teacher

Mrs. Martin is a Catholic educated teacher having attended Holy Cross Grammar School, Cardinal O'Hara High School, and Cabrini College (University) just outside Philadelphia. She taught second grade for 4 years at St. Joseph's School and taught 27 years at Southeast Delco teaching 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She was the Lead Math Coach for the district and an Instructional Specialist. She holds a BS degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education as well as a Masters in Education degree. Her vision is to instill the love of learning in all students and to reach all students in a positive way.

Ted Felber, Jr

Facilities Manager

Since 2013, Mr. Felber has been managing all building maintenance activities at Seton. He is responsible for overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of all the buildings on campus as well as the external property. Before joining the Seton community, Mr. Felber was a construction supervisor for Gulf Bay Construction Company.

Santos Delgado

Groundskeeper

Mr. Delgado has served the Seton community since 2014 by keeping our grounds clean and well kept, as well as assisting with numerous tasks to keep our buildings well-maintained. Prior to joining Seton, Mr. Delgado worked with Crawford Landscaping for several years.