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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., Communications degree from Florida State University. She is the parent of Paige 2027.

Adrienne Arp

Adrienne Arp is the Alumni Relations Coordinator, and has been at PBDA since 2015. She graduated with a Psychology degree from B.A. University of Utah. She serves as the Parent School Council Lower School Vice President. A 1992 PDBA Alumna, she is also the parent of Lily 2019, Mary 2022 and Griffin 2024.

Billy Coyle

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

Dorothea Cvelbar

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

Dr. Edwin P. Gordon

Dr. Edwin P. Gordon is the Head of School, and has been at PBDA since 2016. He graduated with a B.A. English degree from Baylor University, and post-graduate work in M.A. English from Baylor University.

Cynthia Kanai

Cynthia Kanai is the Director of Development, and has been at PBDA since 1989. She graduated with a B.S., Education degree from Cameron University, and post-graduate work in Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She serves as the Director of Community Service; Director of China Partnership; Scheduling Coordinator (Upper Campus); Lead with Honor Co-chair. She 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.

Richard Tummon

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

Administrative Assistants


Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams is the Administrative Assistant to the Head of Upper School, and has been at PBDA since 2008. She is the parent of Gavin 2026 and Kaylee 2029.

Debra Kale

Debra Kale is the Administrative Assistant.

Julissa Lane

Julissa Lane is the Administrative Assistant, and has been at PBDA since 2017. She graduated with a A.A., Business Management degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She serves as the Assistant to the Head of Lower School..

Karen Lucchesi

Karen Lucchesi is the Administrative Assistant to Head of School, and has been at PBDA since 2007. She serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, Secondary School Guidance. She is the parent of Stephanie 2019.

Amy Moses

Amy Moses is the Administrative Assistant, and has been at PBDA since 2014. She serves as the Administrative Assistant / Receptionist. She is the parent of Nathanial 2029.

Admission


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., Communications degree from Florida State University. She is the parent of Paige 2027.

Dorothea Cvelbar

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

Business Office


Kimberly Belfi

Kimberly Belfi is the Controller/HR Manager, and has been at PBDA since 2012. She currently teaches Human Resources. She is the parent of Zara 2014.

Cindy Pflaumer

Cindy Pflaumer is the Business Office Assistant, and has been at PBDA since 2005. She is the parent of Lauren 2014 and Hailey 2016.

Development & Alumni Relations


Adrienne Arp

Adrienne Arp is the Alumni Relations Coordinator, and has been at PBDA since 2015. She graduated with a Psychology degree from B.A. University of Utah. She serves as the Parent School Council Lower School Vice President. A 1992 PDBA Alumna, she is also the parent of Lily 2019, Mary 2022 and Griffin 2024.

Cynthia Kanai

Cynthia Kanai is the Director of Development, and has been at PBDA since 1989. She graduated with a B.S., Education degree from Cameron University, and post-graduate work in Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She serves as the Director of Community Service; Director of China Partnership; Scheduling Coordinator (Upper Campus); Lead with Honor Co-chair. She is the parent of Logan 2008 and Megan 2010.

Faculty


Jennifer Andreon

Jennifer Andreon is the Lower Campus Librarian, and has been at PBDA since 2008.Having graduated with a B.S., Education degree from Loyola University, and post-graduate work in M.A., Education from Marquette University, she is also certified in Certificate in Youth Services, Florida State University - School of Information. She serves as the a member of the Technology, Curriculum, Steering Committee for Community Engagement. She is the parent of Lucas 2023.

Danielle Aronson

Danielle Aronson is the Kindergarten Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2006.Having graduated with a B.S. Elementary Education degree from University of Central Florida, she is also certified in CPR and First Aid. She currently teaches Kindergarten, and also serves as the Grade Coordinator. She is the parent of Tyler 2021, Leah 2024 and Parker 2026.

Tina Barbieri

Tina Barbieri is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1991.Having graduated with a B.A. Mathematics Education degree from Brooklyn College, and post-graduate work in M.S. Mathematics Education from Nova University, she is also certified in Gifted Endorsed Florida Teaching Certificate. She currently teaches Upper School Math, Human Growth and Development, and also serves as the 8th Grade Class Advisor, Lead with Honor Committee, Uniform Team, Knowledge Bowl Coordinator. She is the parent of Tony 2001 and Marina 2004.

Jamie L. Bartlett

Jamie L. Bartlett is the 2nd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2011.Having graduated with a B.S., Rehabilitation Services degree from Florida State University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed, Elementary Education from University of North Florida, she is also certified in Florida Teacher Certification ESOL Endorsement. She currently teaches 2nd Grade, and also serves as the Bulldog Outreach; Recycling. She is the parent of Jack 2022 and Grace 2024.

Wendy Bieneman

Wendy Bieneman is the 4th Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2007.Having graduated with a B.S., Education degree from Florida State University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, she is also certified in ESOL ESE. She currently teaches 4th Grade. She is the parent of Ryan 2022.

Olympia Bishop

Olympia Bishop is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2015. She graduated with a B.A., Special Education & Child Development degree from Vanderbilt University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Mathematics Education from Boston University. She currently teaches 6th Grade Mathematics, 7th Grade Mathematics, 8th Grade Mathematics, PreAlgebra, and also serves as the Coach.

Kelsey Brown

Kelsey Brown is the 2nd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017.Having graduated with a B.A., Elementary Education degree from Florida Atlantic University, she is also certified in Elementary Education K-6. She currently teaches 2nd Grade.

Katie Cashette

Katie Cashette is the Learning Specialist, and has been at PBDA since 2014. She currently teaches Pre-Primary - 3rd Grade as a learning Learning Specialist, and also serves as the a member of the Ed-Tech sub-committee. She is the parent of Isabella 2026 and Jaden 2028.

Christi Chane

Christi Chane is the Fifth Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2003. She graduated with a B.A., Psychology degree from San Diego State University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Elementary Education from DePaul University. She currently teaches English, Reading, Math. She is the parent of Harper 2027, Jack 2028 and Liliana 2030.

Allison Charnick

Allison Charnick is the Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2008.Having graduated with a B.S. - Human Development and Family Studies degree from Colorado State University, she is also certified in Early Childhood Education - Birth through 3rd Grade. She currently teaches Primary, and also serves as the Early childhood education teacher licensure program (birth through grade 3). She is the parent of Noah 2031.

Sue Chris

Sue Chris is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1994. She graduated with a BFA, Visual Art degree from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches 5th grade Color Theory; 6th grade HGD; 6th grade Forming; 7-9th grade Artistic Expressions; 7-9th grade Pottery; Clayful Fun Enrichment grades 2-9, and also serves as the Assembly Coordinator, Cultural Enrichment Program Director, 6th Grade Advisor, Uniform Team.

Paul Cicio

Paul Cicio is the Athletic Director, and has been at PBDA since 2001.Having graduated with a B.S., Physical Education degree from SUNY Cortland, he is also certified in CDL Drivers license First Aid/CPR certified. He currently teaches Lower School P.E., Upper School Athletics, HGD, and also serves as the Class Advisor, Transportation Director; Secondary Schools Team. He is the parent of Anthony 2011 and Luke 2020.

Barbara Close

Barbara Close is the Math Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1979. She graduated with a B.S. degree from DePauw University, and post-graduate work in M.S. from Nova University. She currently teaches Upper School Mathematics, and also serves as the Math Department Chair, Yearbook Advisor, Mathcounts Coach, 8th & 9th Grade Class Advisor, 7th Grade HGD Team Leader, Chi Alpha Mu Advisor. A 1967 PDBA Alumna, she is also the parent of Julia 1990 and Bob 1992.

Ellie Colpitts

Ellie Colpitts is the 4th Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1992.Having graduated with a B.S., Biology and Fine Arts degree from University of Arizona, she is also certified in Post Bacc Elementary Education Certification - 2 year program. She currently teaches Language Arts - grammar, reading, spelling, writing; Mathematics; Florida Studies, and also serves as the Teacher Mentor, Professional Development Committee; 4th Grade Lead. She is the parent of Cameron 2003.

Jan-Marie Cook

Jan-Marie Cook is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2009. She graduated with a B.F.A., Theatre Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches 6th Grade English; 6-9th Grade Speech and Debate; 4th Grade Drama; 7-9th Grade Performing Arts, and also serves as the 7th Grade Advisor; Swim Coach 1st-9th; 7th HGD. She is the parent of Topher 2023, Piper 2025, Calvitt 2027 and TK 2030.

Andrew J Crane

Andrew J Crane is the Chinese Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. He graduated with a M.Ed. World Language Education degree from University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches 4th - 9th Grade Chinese Language.

Wendie Crawford

Wendie Crawford is the Learning Specialist, and has been at PBDA since 1979.Having graduated with a B.A., Elementary Education degree from Boston College, and post-graduate work in M.S., Specific Learning Disabilities from Nova Southeastern University, she is also certified in Orton-Gillingham Trained - 3 Programs. She currently teaches Learning Specialist, L.D. to Gifted Resource, Teacher of Reading - Language Arts, Student Screenings, and also serves as the Out Reach - Hope Rural School. She is the parent of Brooke 2002.

Paulette Danni

Paulette Danni is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2008.Having graduated with a A.S., Infant/Toddler Studies degree from Niagara Community College, she is also certified in National CDA Infant/Toddler Certificate / Palm Beach State College. She currently teaches Pre-Primary, and also serves as the a member of the Holiday Musical; Make-up artist for third grade play.

Christine Dayton

Christine Dayton is the Primary Teacher. She graduated with a B.A., Early Childhood Education degree from Clemson University. She currently teaches Primary.

Shana Dutkewych

Shana Dutkewych is the Learning Specialist, and has been at PBDA since 2001.Having graduated with a B.S., Special & Elementary Education degree from State University of New York at Geneseo, and post-graduate work in M.A., Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University, she is also certified in New York State Certification of Qualification in Special Education, Elementary Education and Reading; Certified Instructor: Wilson Reading System. She currently teaches Learning Strategies Grade 6th, 7th & 8th, and also serves as the 7th Grade Advisor. She is the parent of Nikolai 2021, Bohdan 2024 and Mirek 2026.

Courtney Ellender

Courtney Ellender is the Kindergarten Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2007.Having graduated with a B.A., Political Science and German degree from McDaniel College, and post-graduate work in M.S., Exceptional Student Education from State University of New York - Buffalo, she is also certified in Teacher Certification - Elementary Education / Special Education Pre-K - 12. She currently teaches Kindergarten. She is the parent of Ashton 2021 and Kiley 2025.

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is the 3rd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2010.Having graduated with a B.A., Elementary Education degree from Florida Atlantic Universtiy, and post-graduate work in M.A., Language Arts K-12 from Nova Souteastern University, she is also certified in National Board Certified Teacher. She currently teaches 3rd Grade, and also serves as the Third Grade Coordinator and Third Grade Museum Partnership Coordinator. She is the parent of Christopher 2023 and Winter 2028.

Heather Fanberg

Heather Fanberg is the 1st Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2005.Having graduated with a B.A., Natural Sciences and Mathematics degree from Felician College, and post-graduate work in M.S., Informational Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University, she is also certified in Florida Professsional Educators Certification K-6; Exceptional Student Education Certification K-12. She currently teaches 1st Grade, and also serves as the 1st Grade Coordinator and Enrichment Teacher. She is the parent of Evan 2022 and Kayla 2025.

Claudie Finney

Claudie Finney is the French Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1998. She graduated with a B.A., English Literature degree from University of Toulouse Mirail, and post-graduate work in M.A., Education from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches French, Computers, and also serves as the Head of Foreign Language Department; 7th Grade Lead Advisor. She is the parent of Emilie 2003 and Benjamin 2006.

Nina Flaminio

Nina Flaminio is the Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2008.Having graduated with a B.S., Sociology degree from S.U.N.Y Albany, and post-graduate work in M.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education from C.U.N.Y. Hunter College, she is also certified in Master Level ESOL Endorsement. She currently teaches Primary, and also serves as the a member of the Sunshine Committee; Harvest Fest Chair. She is the parent of Elisa 2014.

Julia Wilson Foulk

Julia Wilson Foulk is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2016. She graduated with a B.A. Philosophy degree from Connecticut College. She currently teaches Pre-Primary.

Valentina Gabrielli

Valentina Gabrielli is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2014. She graduated with a B.A., Psychology & Art; B.S., Education degree from Georgia Southwestern State University, and post-graduate work in M.A., Curriculum & Teaching from Teacher's College Columbia University. She currently teaches Spanish - 4th - 8th Grade, and also serves as the 7th Grade Advisor; Enrichment Coordinator; Student Leadership Council Advisor.

Jim Gramentine

Jim Gramentine is the 4th Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1989. He graduated with a B.A., Politcal Science/International Relations degree from Carleton College, and post-graduate work in M.A.T., Early Childhood Education from National College of Education. He currently teaches Fourth Grade Language Arts Fourth Grade Mathematics Fourth Grade Florida Studies, and also serves as the Student Leadership Council Advisor. He is the parent of Benjamin 2006 and Nathanial 2016.

Ralph Greco

Ralph Greco is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1968. He graduated with a B.A. degree from University of Maryland. He currently teaches Upper School English and Writing.

Patti Griffin

Patti Griffin is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2006. She graduated with a B.S. Nursing degree from Hartwick College. She currently teaches Upper School Athletics, and also serves as the a member of the Uniform Team. She is the parent of Emily 2009, Nicholas 2011, Quinn 2016 and Kate 2020.

Grace Gunkel

Grace Gunkel is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. She graduated with a B.A., Physical Education and Health Sciences degree from East Stroudsburg University. She currently teaches 4th-9th Grade Athletics, and also serves as the Coach.

Erika Handley

Erika Handley is the Art Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2002. She graduated with a B.A., Fine Arts degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She currently teaches Fine Arts, and also serves as the Yearbook Advisor; Photographer; Manager of Artsonia online art gallery; Part-time Substitute; Enrichment Teacher. She is the parent of Taylor 2019, Gavin 2021 and Charlee 2026.

Ashley Hollern

Ashley Hollern is the Science Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2014. She graduated with a B.S., Biology degree from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and post-graduate work in M.S., Science of Instruction from Drexel University. She currently teaches 9th Grade Biology / 8th Grade Pre-Chemistry.

Jennifer J. Howard

Jennifer J. Howard is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. She graduated with a B.A., English degree from Dickenson College, and post-graduate work in M.H., Humanities from Tiffin University. She currently teaches 7th – 9th Grade English.

Robyn Huff

Robyn Huff is the Music Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2005. She graduated with a B.S., Music Education & Voice degree from Hobe Sound Bible College, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches Lower School Vocal Music, and also serves as the Music Together Specialist, International Day Committee, Earth Day Committee; Lower School Fine Arts Productions; Summer Quest Musical Theatre.

Annette Johnson

Annette Johnson is the Music & Drama Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2011.Having graduated with a B.A. Music Therapy degree from Florida State University, and post-graduate work in MAT, Music Education from Florida Atlantic University, she is also certified in Florida Department of Education: K-12 Music Education, Educational Leadership; Board Certified Music Therapist. She currently teaches 4th Recorders, Drums and General Music; 5th Steel Drums, Handbells and General Music; 6th Grade Percussion Ensemble; 7th-9th Grade Steel Drums and Creative Music Elective; Vocal Director of 4th-8th Grade Bulldog Chorus; Vocal Director 7th - 9th Grade Chorus, and also serves as the Co-Director of Spring Musical (Orchestra and Vocal Director); STEAM leadership team; 4th Grade Musical assistant; Talent Show assistant.

Litzrudy Justinvil

Litzrudy Justinvil is the STEAM Scholar-in-Residence, and has been at PBDA since 2017. He graduated with a B.S., Biology degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College, and post-graduate work in M.D., Medicine from University of Miami. He serves as the Coordinator of STEAM Instruction. He is the parent of Marley 2027.

Catherine Kegelman

Catherine Kegelman is the 5th Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2016. She graduated with a B.A., History degree from Wheaton College, and post-graduate work in M.Ed, General Education from Bankstreet College of Education. She currently teaches Math, English, Reading.

Sarah Kemeness

Sarah Kemeness is the Head of Upper School, and has been at PBDA since 2015.

Lindsay Kosarek

Lindsay Kosarek is the Kindergarten Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2014.Having graduated with a B.S. Human Development and Family Studies degree from Texas Tech University, she is also certified in Early Childhood - 4th Grade Teaching Certification; Gifted and Talented Endorsement. She currently teaches Kindergarten reading, math, social studies, science, writing.

Tracy Kramm

Tracy Kramm is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1990. She graduated with a B.S., Art Education degree from Florida State University, and post-graduate work in M.A.T., Art Education from Florida International University. She currently teaches Art - Upper Campus, and also serves as the Yearbook Advisor; 6th Advisor; Bus Driver. She is the parent of Johan 2016.

Nicole LaTorra

Nicole LaTorra is the Kindergarten Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2002. She graduated with a B.S., Psychology degree from University of Florida, and post-graduate work in M.Ed. from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She currently teaches Kindergarten Math & Science.

Linda Merman

Linda Merman is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1995.Having graduated with a B.S., Elementary Education degree from Florida State University, she is also certified in 6-9 Montessori. She currently teaches Technology & Enrichment, and also serves as the After School Care Coordinator; Director of SummerQuest; Thanksgiving Project Committee; Technology Committee.

Erin Mitchell

Erin Mitchell is the Science Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2008.Having graduated with a B.A., Elementary Education with T.E.S.O.L Endorsement degree from Florida Atlantic University, and post-graduate work in M.A., Teaching and Learning: Specialization in Reading from Nova Souteastern University, she is also certified in Project Learning Tree; Project Wild and Aquatic. She currently teaches 4th and 5th Grade Science grade, and also serves as the Uniform Team; Green Team.

Chris Neibling

Chris Neibling is the Athletics Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. He graduated with a B.S., Business Administration degree from Towson University. He currently teaches 4th – 9th Grade Athletics, and also serves as the JV & Varsity Soccer Coach.

Jose Ojeda

Jose Ojeda is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2015.Having graduated with a B.S., Industrial Design degree from Universidad de los Andes, and post-graduate work in MBA from Florida Atlantic University, he is also certified in NASA Endeavor Leadership Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University - Sept 2017. He currently teaches Earth Science, Spanish, & STEAM.

Ilkay Ozgenc

Ilkay Ozgenc is the Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2001. She graduated with a B.A., English degree from University of Cukurova, Turkey, and post-graduate work in Early Childhood-Preschool Education from Nova Southeastern University. She currently teaches Primary, and also serves as the a member of the Committee for Community Engagement and Annual Fund for Faculty. She is the parent of Seray 2019 and Berkay 2023.

Jonathan Paine

Jonathan Paine is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2001. He graduated with a B.S. , Psychology & Spanish degree from Wofford College, and post-graduate work in M.A., TESOL from Nova Southeastern University. He currently teaches History, Human Growth & Development, and Coach, and also serves as the BTV Director, Video Executive Producer, and Advisor. He is the parent of Nicole 2008 and Josie 2010.

Dina Paolella

Dina Paolella is the Spanish Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1999. She graduated with a B.B.A, International Business degree from University of Miami, and post-graduate work in M.A., Curriculum Instruction in Spanish Language from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches Spanish.

Carrie Pateman

Carrie Pateman is the School Nurse, 8th Lead Advisor, Athletic Coach, Mentoring Chair, and has been at PBDA since 2010.Having graduated with a Biology degree from B.S. University of Puget Sound, and post-graduate work in Nursing from B.S.N. South University, she is also certified in CPR certified R.N.. She serves as the Mentoring Chair; Athletic Coach: 5th grade; Girls Varsity Basketball; 8th Grade Lead Advisor; Secondary School Team; HGD Teacher. A 1992 PDBA Alumna, she is also the parent of Lucy 2022.

Karie Petrovics

Karie Petrovics is the 2nd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2009.Having graduated with a B.S., Elementary Education & Educational Psychology - Endorsement in Kindergarten degree from Ball State University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Curriculum & Intstruction from Florida Atlantic University, she is also certified in State of Florida, Professional Educator's Certificate, Elementary Education (Grades 1-6); Nova Southeastern University 2003, English To Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), (Grades K-12); Thinking Maps Trainer 2013. She currently teaches 2nd Grade, and also serves as the Lower School Tapestry Liaison; Teach-In Advisory Committee; FCIS/FKC; Steering Committee Co-Chair; FCIS Master In-Service Program Coordinator; Thinking Maps Trainer. She is the parent of Alexa 2021 and Chloe 2023.

Lauran Rearic

Lauran Rearic is the 1st Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2002. She graduated with a B.A., Elementary Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and post-graduate work in M.A. Reading K-12 from Nova Southeastern University. She currently teaches First Grade, and also serves as the Lower Campus Faculty Liaison to PSC. She is the parent of Caitlyn 2028.

Janice Remington

Janice Remington is the 1st Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2008. She graduated with a BA, Elementary Education degree from University of Texas at Austin, and post-graduate work in MS, Informational Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She currently teaches 1st Grade. She is the parent of Kalysa 2013 and Kale 2024.

Barbara Reyes

Barbara Reyes is the Spanish Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2001. She graduated with a B.A.E. degree from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches Middle and Upper School Spanish, and also serves as the 8th Grade Class Advisor, Teacher of Human Growth & Development, Secondary School Team, Lead With Honor Committee, Uniform Team. She is the parent of Matthew 2014 and Stephanie 2016.

Tom Sarko

Tom Sarko is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1979. He graduated with a B.S. Elementary Education - Science degree from University of Wisconsin, and post-graduate work in M.S., Geosciences from Mississippi State University. He currently teaches Upper School Science & Human Growth & Development, and also serves as the Science Department Chair; Academic Advisor. He is the parent of Diana 1996.

Kyle Schlett

Kyle Schlett is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. He graduated with a B.A., English degree from Gettysburg College, and post-graduate work in M.A., American Studies from Pennsylvania State University. He currently teaches 4th Grade English / 7th Grade English & History.

Elizabeth Sheen

Elizabeth Sheen is the Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2007. She graduated with a Elementary Education degree from Rollins College, and post-graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches Primary, and also serves as the Tapestry representative for Primary, International Day committee. She is the parent of Samantha 2030.

Elizabeth Shine

Elizabeth Shine is the 1st Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. She graduated with a B.A., Philosophy degree from University of Madison - Wisconsin. She currently teaches 1st Grade.

Vasantha Siva

Vasantha Siva is the 3rd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2011.Having graduated with a B.A., Education degree from University of Sri Lanka, and post-graduate work in M. Philosophy, Education from University of Colombo, she is also certified in Computer Operations Certification, Control Data Institute. She currently teaches Teacher of 3rd Grade, and also serves as the a member of the Roots and Shoots Club; STEAM.

Deena Sobel

Deena Sobel is the Counselor, and has been at PBDA since 2011.Having graduated with a B.A. / English degree from SUNY Geneseo, and post-graduate work in M.S. / School Guidance & Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, she is also certified in Florida State Professional Certification in School Counseling - PK-12. She is the parent of Mia 2031.

Sara Stapleton

Sara Stapleton is the Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2007.Having graduated with a B.A., Musical Theater and Dance degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed.; Education from Regent Universtiy, she is also certified in Master of Education (Concentration in Teaching Reading) and Education Specialist Degree (Curriculum and Instruction). She currently teaches Primary, and also serves as the Ambassador to the Kravis Center for the Performance Arts.

Bryce Stewart

Bryce Stewart is the History Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2013. He graduated with a B.A., American History, English, Education degree from DePauw University. He currently teaches World History, American History, Athletics, Human Growth & Development, and also serves as the 9th Grade Advisor, History Department Chair, Coach.

Lucille Sweeney

Lucille Sweeney is the Pre-Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2017. She graduated with a B.A., Emotional Disturbances degree from Florida State University, and post-graduate work in M.S., Learning Disabilities from Florida State University. She currently teaches Pre-Primary. She is the parent of David Bethke 2026 and Timothy Bethke 2028.

Katy Thompson

Katy Thompson is the 5th Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2007. She graduated with a B.A. History degree from University of Virginia, and post-graduate work in M.T.; Secondary Social Studies from University of Virginia. She currently teaches 5th Grade English, Reading, History, Human Growth & Development, and also serves as the 5th Grade Lead Teacher; UC PSC Faculty Representative; UC Faculty Volunteer Coordinator for Feather Ball. She is the parent of Dylan 2012, Cooper 2026 and Charlie 2028.

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 1990. He graduated with a B.A. Liberal Arts degree from Central Connecticut State Universtiy, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Currculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University. He currently teaches English, History, Art, and also serves as the 8th Grade Advisor; Human Growth & Development. He is the parent of Dylan 2012, Cooper 2026 and Charlie 2028.

Cecilia Thoresen

Cecilia Thoresen is the Library Assistant.

Suzanne Torlen

Suzanne Torlen is the Librarian, and has been at PBDA since 1997. She graduated with a B.A., English degree from Central Michigan University, and post-graduate work in M.S., Educational Media from Fairfield University. She currently teaches 4th and 5th grade study skills; Upper school study periods, and also serves as the Parent Book Club Host, Renaissance Learning Program.

Richard Tummon

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

Stephanie Walker

Stephanie Walker is the 3rd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2016. She graduated with a B.S.B.A Marketing degree from Boston University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed. Elementary Education from University of Hartford. She currently teaches 3rd Grade.

Rusty Wilkerson

Rusty Wilkerson is the Physical Education Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2003. He graduated with a B.S.,Physical Education & Exercise Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He currently teaches Physical Education and After School Sports Program, and also serves as the Field Day coordinator.

George Yeager

George Yeager is the 3rd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2010.Having graduated with a B.S., Elementary Education degree from East Stroudsburg University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University, he is also certified in National Board Certified Teacher. He currently teaches Third Grade.

Jessica Yeager

Jessica Yeager is the 2nd Grade Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2011.Having graduated with a B.S. Elementary Education degree from West Chester University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University, she is also certified in TESOL. She currently teaches 2nd Grade, and also serves as the a member of the STEAM Leadership Committee.

Karen Zacka

Karen Zacka is the Pre-Primary Teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2016.Having graduated with a B.S., Psychology degree from Fordham University, and post-graduate work in M.Ed., Therapeutic Education from College of New Rochelle, she is also certified in Director Credentials: NY State certified N,K-6; NY State certified K-12 Special Education. She currently teaches Pre-Primary, and also serves as the Grade Level Coordinator.

Kelly Zingaro

Kelly Zingaro is a teacher, and has been at PBDA since 2005. She graduated with a B.S., Elementary Education and Physical Education degree from Arkansas Tech University. She currently teaches Lower School P.E.. She is the parent of Grace 2022 and Bella 2024.

Security


Steve Lucchesi

Steve Lucchesi is the Director of Security, and has been at PBDA since 2006. He serves as the Director of Security. He is the parent of Stephanie 2019.

Glenda Moffatt

Glenda Moffatt is the Lower Campus Security Director, and has been at PBDA since 2013.Having graduated with a B.A.Psychology degree from University of Kansas, she is also certified in 25+ years as Special Agent, FBI.

Staff


Chris Carson

Chris Carson is the Computer Systems Administrator, and has been at PBDA since 2005. He graduated with a B.S. / Biology degree from University of Central Florida, and post-graduate work in B.S. / Psychology from University of Central Florida.

Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans is the Facilities Manager - Lower Campus, and has been at PBDA since 2014. He is the parent of Christopher and Winter.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is the Facilities Director.

Glenn D. Smith

Glenn D. Smith is the Director of Food Service, and has been at PBDA since 2006. He graduated with a B.A. Managerial Economics / Spanish Literature degree from Hampden-Sydney College. He is the parent of Taylor 2009 and Barrett 2010.

Maria Velez

Maria Velez is the Maintenance Staff.