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The mission of Gulf Elementary School is to create a community of learners who are equipped with the knowledge, strength of character, and desire to reflect on the past, achieve in the present,
and build for the future.
Mrs. Verblaauw joined Gulf Elementary as the principal in August, 2012. She graduated high school in 1991 from Cape Coral High and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida in 2000. Mrs. Verblaauw began her teaching career at Cypress Lake Middle School and continued her career at Mariner High School as a special education teacher. In 2004, she received her M.Sc. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Verblaauw has been an assistant principal of curriculum for Lee County Schools since 2004. Through her experience and education she has developed a passion for S.T.E.M. education for youth and is strongly committed to providing an excellent learning environment for children. Mrs. Verblaauw serves a dual role at Gulf Elementary. Not only is she the school principal, she is also a parent to two students who attend Gulf Elementary. She has a daughter (Avery) in 3rd grade and a son (Reed) in 1st grade. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her family, running, and spending time with her husband, Rich watching their children participate in various sports.
Mary Beth Grecsek graduated in 1994, with her B.S. in Elementary Education from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Since graduating, she has taught in the School District of Lee County for eighteen years. In 2000, she became a National Board Certified Teacher. In 2008, she earned a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from Barry University. Currently, MaryBeth is pursuing her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Ms. Grecsek has also been involved in many district pursuits. As a Teaching American History Grant participant, she traveled to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to learn more about American History and how to apply what she learned in a classroom setting. As a Lee Digital Educator, she has had the opportunity to learn and train others on using exciting new technology in the classroom. Additionally, she has been a district trainer for a variety of district initiatives. Ms. Grecsek has been part of the Gulf family for the past eighteen years and has taught 1st and 2nd grade. MaryBeth loves her job and enjoys working with the teachers, students and their families at Gulf.
Shannon Schaal graduated in 2000 with her B. S. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Cortland in Cortland, New York. Since graduating she has taught first, second and third grade for nine years in the Lee County School District. In addition she has served as a Reading Specialist for four years and a Curriculum Specialist for two years at Gulf Elementary. In 2013, she earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University. Mrs. Schaal enjoys coordinating events for the school and community and has a passion for family involvement. Mrs. Schaal currently enjoys supporting the students, staff, and administration. You will often see Mrs. Schaal’s family participating in schoolwide events. Her daughter Brooke (age 7) and son Blake (age 5) both attend Gulf Elementary. Her husband Kevin, can frequently be found at the events volunteering as well. In her spare time, Mrs. Schaal enjoys being near the water, spending time with her family, camping, and traveling. Most mornings and afternoons you can find Mrs. Schaal on the car ramp smiling, loading and unloading her favorite young people as they start and end their school days. She hopes to become an administrator of a school someday but currently enjoys supporting the staff and administration of Gulf Elementary.