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William S. Peebles IV

Billy Peebles serves as Palm Beach Day Academy's Interim Head of School - 2018-19. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University where he was captain of the Princeton Rugby Team for two years. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the Darden School of the University of Virginia.

Mr. Peebles brings 37 years of exceptional experience to Palm Beach Day Academy. He started his career in independent education as a teacher/administrator at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his school leadership career as Headmaster of the Powhatan School, a K-8 independent school in Boyce, Virginia. He then served as Headmaster of the Asheville School in North Carolina, before joining The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Billy and his wife Penny have been married for nearly 34 years and have an adult daughter, Sara.

Meghan Albanese

Meghan Albanese is the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, and has been at PBDA since 2002. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Florida State University. Meghan is the parent of Paige 2027.

Adrienne Arp

Adrienne Arp is the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, and has been at PBDA since 2015. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah. A 1992 PDBA Alumna, Adrienne is also the parent of Lily 2019, Mary 2022 and Griffin 2024.

Martha Bjorklund

Martha Bjorklund is the Head of Lower School. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and her M.S. in Reading from Fordham University. Martha served as the Assistant Head of Lower School among other duties at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY for 18 years following 16 years of teaching at Saint David's School in New York City. She has been at PBDA since 2018.

Billy Coyle

Billy Coyle is the Director of Finance and Operations, and has been at PBDA since 2007. He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University, and holds a B.S.Ed. in Business Education from Central Connecticut State University. Billy is the parent of Amanda 2011 and Ryan 2013.

Dorothea Cvelbar

Dorothea Cvelbar is the Associate Director of Admission and has been at PBDA since 1990. She graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education - Early Childhood from Bridgewater State College. Dorothea is the parent of Marin 2021.

Cynthia Kanai

Cynthia Kanai is the Director of Development, and has been at PBDA since 1989. She graduated with a B.S. in Education from Cameron University, and holds an M.A. in Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She serves as the Director of China Partnership. Cynthia is the parent of Logan 2008 and Megan 2010.

Sarah Kemeness

Sarah Kemeness is the Head of Upper School, and has been at PBDA since 2015. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Miami, and a M.A in Education Administration from Florida International University

Richard Tummon

Richard Tummon is a teacher/administrator, and has been at PBDA since 1991. He graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology from Richard Stockton State University. He currently teaches 5th Grade Honors English and Reading, and also serves as the Director of Communications and Smith Theater House Manager. Richard is the parent of Katie 2003, Brandon 2004, Brian 2005 and Alexandra 2014.

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