Palm Beach Day Academy is thrilled to welcome several new faculty members to our community for our Centennial year! Taking a twist on our #FacultyFriday series that takes place throughout the school year, our summer edition of the series will introduce you to our new faculty so that when you see them in the hallways and on Zoom this school year, you can say a proper hello!
Please join us in welcoming the below faculty to PBDA’s Upper Campus, and stay tuned for another edition featuring even more new faculty from both Lower and Upper Campus!
Elizabeth Sellers – Math Teacher on Upper Campus
Elizabeth first started at Palm Beach Day Academy in 2003, and is returning after staying home with her twin sons, William and James. She is thrilled to be teaching alongside her mentors Mrs. Close and Mrs. Barbieri once again. Elizabeth was born and raised in West Palm Beach, only leaving to attend Florida State University (go ‘Noles)! She is really looking forward to meeting her new students (most of whom were on Lower Campus when she left) and joining the 7th Grade Advisory Team. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family and is looking forward to introducing them to the traditions of PBDA!
Allyson Heim – English Teacher on Upper Campus
Allyson, who will be teaching 6th and 7th grade English, knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age. As a teenager, she began her summer job (which she still holds today!) as an assistant director for a children’s theatre program in Ocean Grove, NJ. She also taught private violin lessons and volunteered as an assistant at her dance studio. Allyson’s background and interest in the arts inform her teaching and help her create a dynamic, exciting classroom environment.
Allyson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. In 2018, she earned her Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Georgian Court University. She has taught grades 7-11 at all skill levels and has enjoyed the chance to get to know several students over the course of multiple years.
In her free time, Allyson is just as happy staying home and reading a good book as she is traveling and exploring new places. She has been lucky to live close to New York City and have the opportunity to enjoy its shows, museums, and restaurants. One of her favorite theatre experiences was seeing Twelfth Night in Central Park – only matched by traveling to London to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater! A Jersey girl at heart, Allyson also enjoys a simple good slice of pizza and long walks on the beach with her dog, Wilbur.
Whitney Pyatt – Science Teacher on Upper Campus
Whitney Pyatt is originally from North Carolina and will be teaching 6th and 7th Grade Science for the upcoming academic year. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Master of Arts in Environmental Management, also from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Additionally, she holds a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Middle and Secondary Education from the University of North Carolina Charlotte as well as certification in English as an Additional Language (EAL). Whitney has lived abroad facilitating both Science and EAL in Switzerland, Spain, Kuwait, and the United Kingdom. After spending the last three years in the UK, Whitney is utterly thrilled to return to the sunny coast and be a member of the PBDA family.
Apart from education, Whitney enjoys the outdoors to the max, both inland on the water. If you’re an avid hiker, you may have crossed paths with her along a trail somewhere around the world. She even walked 500 miles across Spain! Other recreational activities of hers include roller coaster rides, volleyball, yoga, jigsaw puzzles, SCUBA diving, and tracking down the best gelato shop in every city!