Faculty Members

About Our Team Spirit

Our goal is to provide a high quality Catholic education for each and every child that we serve.

Mr. Scott Baier, M.S.E., MA

Pre-K Teachers

Ms. Mary Dunigan
Pre-K 3A

Miss Dunigan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, minoring in Education/Art, from Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass., and her Master’s Degree in Guidance / Counseling / Education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Mrs. Rachel Kirk
Pre-K3 Teacher Aide

This will be Mrs. Kirk’s 8th year at RPA, returning as our Teacher Aide in Pre-K3 and P.E. Aide in the afternoon. She and her husband have been involved at Royal Palm since 1999.

Mrs. Lisa George
Pre-K 4A
Pre-K 4A Mrs. Lisa George New to Royal Palm Academy.


Ms. Renee DiSerafino
Fourth Grade-B

Ms. DiSerafino was the first teacher hired at RPA when it was established in 1997, making this her 18th year with us. She previously taught 3rd grade and this will be her 3rd year teaching 4th grade.

Mrs. Shannon Sedio

Mrs. Sedio has taught for 16 years in Pre-K – 2nd grade. She is returning for her 13th year at Royal Palm Academy, this being her 3rd year as one of our Kindergarten teachers.

Mrs. Jennifer Clarke
Second Grade

Mrs. Clarke is returning for her 8th year at RPA. She taught 1st grade for 5 years and this will be her 3rd year teaching 2nd grade.

Mrs. Erin Brady
First Grade

Mrs. Brady is returning for her 11th year at RPA. She taught Kindergarten for three years, and this will be her 8th year teaching 1st grade.

Mrs. Christine Theriault
Third Grade-A

Mrs. Theriault is returning for her 16th year at Royal Palm Academy as one of our Third Grade teachers. In addition, this will be her 5th year as one of our Cross Country coaches.

Mrs. Alexia Johnson
Fifth Grade-B

This is Mrs. Johnson’s 4th year teaching at Royal Palm Academy as one of our 5th grade teachers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Johnson is working with the NCE on math curriculum.

Miss Olivia Kinnear
Kindergarten B

Miss Kinnear returns for her 4th year at Royal Palm Academy, this being her 3rd year as one of our Kindergarten teachers. Previously, she taught Pre-K4 in the morning and technology to grades 4th through 8th in the afternoon.

Miss Leslie Greene
Fifth Grade-A

This is Ms. Greene’s fifth year here at Royal Palm Academy. Ms. Greene was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

Middle School

Mrs. Linda Rinaldini
Middle School Science, Exploratorium & STEM coordinator

Mrs. Rinaldini, with us for her 7th year, is teaching the Middle School science program and acts as our STEM Coordinator.

Mrs. Jennifer Wojcik
Middle School Language Arts & Literature

This is Mrs. Wojcik’s 9th year at RPA. In addition to teaching middle school Literature & Language Arts, Mrs. Wojcik coordinates our annual Spelling Bee, and Speech Contest, and she is co-coordinator of our middle school Scholar Bowl.

Mr. Steven Sattler
Middle School Math, Science and Computer
Middle School Math, Science and ComputerMr. Steven Sattler Mr. Sattler joins the RPA staff after teaching Physics and College Algebra at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and his Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Originally [...]
Mr. Jonathan Lorenz
Middle School Religion

Mr. Jonathan Lorenz is a native of Naples and a graduate of both St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School and St. John Neumann High School. This will be his 2nd year at RPA teaching science, religion, and computers.

Mr. Jack Bruce
Middle School History
Middle School History Mr. Jack Bruce Mr. Bruce is a native of Columbus, Ohio and alumni of St. Charles Preparatory High School. Jack is familiar with Southwest Florida as he has been to Sanibel Island every year of his life. This is his first year teaching at Royal Palm Academy.  During his undergraduate career , Jack majored in [...]
Miss. Brooke Mundy
Middle School Literature & Language Arts
Middle School Literature & Language ArtsMiss Brooke Mundy This is Miss Mundy’s first year at Royal Palm Academy. Brooke is very excited to join the RPA team and teach middle school Literature & Language Arts. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in English and minors in [...]
Miss Lisa Gorda
Middle School Math

This is Miss Gorda’s 9th year at RPA. She graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and has 29 years teaching experience in math.

Related Arts

Ms. Regan Hutchinson
Art Teacher

This is Ms. Hutchinson’s 7th year at RPA, and this being her third year as our art teacher for grades K-8th. Before teaching art, Ms. Hutchinson worked as our third grade teacher, teacher aide, private tutor, and in our after school programs.

Ms. Marybeth Dee
Physical Education

Ms. Dee is from Sag Harbor, NY and this is her 7th year at RPA. Miss Dee was one of our 4th grade teachers and in her 2nd year as our Physical Education teacher.

Ms. Joyce Wheeler
Media Center

Ms. Wheeler started at RPA as a substitute teacher 3 years ago and joined the staff part-time as a library assistant in our Media Center last year. Joyce moved to Naples from Maine after retiring from a long career in education.

Mrs. Loretta McIntosh
Resource Teacher

Mrs. McIntosh returns for her 3rd year as our Resource Teacher. Loretta received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Daemen College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from State University of New York at Albany.

Mrs. Lisa Munoz

Ms. Zeller will be returning for her 3rd year as the general music teacher for K-8th grades, and for the 4th year of the RPA Strings program.

Mrs. Jennifer Scarafile
Technology Coordinator
Technology Coordinator Mrs. Jennifer Scarafile Mrs. Scarafile is excited to join our RPA family this year as a Technology Coordinator.   She has taught 2nd and 3rd grade as well as Instructional Technology for the past five years in the Collier County Public Schools.  Mrs. Scarafile earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from Syracuse [...]
Mrs. Ibiza Aguirre
PreK – 3rd Grade Spanish

Mrs. Aguirre returns to RPA for her 10th year as our Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade Spanish teacher. Ibiza is a graduate of Inter American University of Puerto Rico where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Mrs. Diana Dominguez
Pre-K and Kindergarten Spanish

Mrs. Diana Dominguez joins us this year as our Pre-K and Kindergarten Spanish teacher.  Mrs. Dominguez is a native of Colombia and received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Cartagena.  For the last two years, she has enjoyed assisting families as a private Spanish tutor.  Mrs. Dominguez is passionate about her new position […]


Ms. Susan O’Malley
Admission and Marketing Director

This will be Ms. O’Malley’s 7th year as our Admissions and Marketing Director. Ms. O’Malley earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Teacher Education from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Mrs. Pat Bolser
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant to the Head of School

Mrs. Bolser is returning to RPA for her 17th year. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in elementary education. She joined the RPA team assisting in the Admissions Office.

Mrs. Lynn Mertensotto Girouard
Development Director

Mrs. Girouard joined the RPA team in 2015, bringing over thirty years of senior leadership and business operating experience to the administrative team.

Mrs. Laurie Ludgin
Dean of Academics

Mrs. Ludgin is joining the Royal Palm Academy family this academic year as the Dean of Academics. Before joining the RPA administrative team, Laurie was on faculty at several independent schools in Princeton, New Jersey, including Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Mrs. Karen Evans
Administrative Assistant, Business Office

Mrs. Evans is returning for her 11th year at Royal Palm Academy.

Mr. Scott Baier, M.S.E., MA
Head of School

After serving 18 years in education and 15 years as both a teacher and Dean of Students at Royal Palm Academy, Mr. Baier was recently promoted to the Head of School role. His passion, faith, and love for RPA’s mission of forming tomorrow’s leaders have been a big part of the Academy’s success over the years.

Mr. Julio Rendon
Dean of Students

Mr. Rendon is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. Spanish. He has spent the last 18 years in Central and Northwest Ohio, where he received his teaching licensure and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University.

Mr. Dennis Frodsham
Business Manager

Mr. Frodsham came to RPA in August, 2013 after relocating from Alabama. He has served as chief financial officer at two colleges. His expertise extends to human resources, information technology, security, physical plant operation, food services, and athletic program support.

Phone: 239.594.9888
Fax: 239.594.9893
16100 Livingston Rd
Naples, FL 34110