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Carey Gilcher - Principal

Carey Gilcher is a dedicated and innovative principal joining the FORZA family with two years of experience as a charter school principal and seven years overall as a school administrator. Ms. Gilcher has a proven track record of fostering a school climate around academic excellence and a strong sense of community and creating a supportive and inclusive environment for students, staff, and families. She holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY where she was born and raised. Ms. Gilcher is passionate about recognizing the uniqueness of every child and strengthening instructional practice using evidence-based practices, as well as providing all students with an outstanding education and overall school experience. 

In her spare time, Ms. Gilcher enjoys art, hiking, and animal rescue. She is a proud and dedicated aunt who relishes time with her nieces and nephews, an avid New York Yankees fan, and a budding Spanish speaker. 

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Brittany Fangmeier - Principal

Ms. Fangmeier is an experienced teacher and grade-level team facilitator who joined the Gulf Coast Charter Academy South (GCCAS) team during the school’s inaugural year. She will be part of the administrative team this year as the Principal of Gulf Coast Charter Academy South.


Brittany Fangmeier grew up in Homestead, Florida, and moved to Naples in 2003 to attend Ave Maria University.  She quickly fell in love with Naples and never left. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she taught at a private school for five years and worked on her first Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  She then taught for two years at Bonita Prep and Fitness Academy.  In 2013, she joined GCCAS during its first year and has been here ever since. While teaching at GCCAS, she finished her second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with an internship in administration. 


Ms. Fangmeier spends her free time with her daughter, Aubrey, her fiancé, Noah, and her parents, who also live in Naples.  She is actively involved in her church and community.  Ms. Fangmeier is excited to be a part of the administrative team this year.  She’s thrilled to continue her journey with her GCCAS Family of amazing teachers, students, families and administrators.  She looks forward to collaborating with the school’s dedicated staff, the students’ families, and the administrative team to help provide the best educational experiences for our students.


Erin Farina - Assistant Principal of Academics

Erin Farina has been an educator for 7 years and is very excited begin her role as Assistant Principal of Academics. Mrs. Farina obtained her undergraduate degree in Special Education from National-Louis University in Chicago, IL. She is currently obtaining her master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction within the Teacher Leadership and School Improvement program from the University of Florida. Mrs. Farina got her start as a Special Education Resource Teacher at Gray M. Sanborn Elementary in Palatine, IL. and later transitioned into a self-contained setting for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities at Army Trail School in Addison, Illinois.  It was there that she developed her passion for integrating behavioral curriculum into the classroom. As Assistant Principal, Mrs. Farina looks forward to bringing her plans for MTSS, behavior modification, and differentiated instruction to life at GCCAS.


Stephen Boesch - Assistant Principal of Student Services

Stephen is a graduate of Western Governors University and the University of South Florida. This is his 29th year in education. Originally from New Jersey, Stephen grew up in SWFL. He is a proud veteran of the US Army. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and fiddle.  

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Ron Renna - Grant Writer

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