Meet The Faculty
At PBDA, we pride ourselves on truly knowing our students, nurturing their growth from to grade, and supporting them as they mature into unique and confident individuals. Maintaining a low student-teacher ratio encourages strong relationships in the classroom and on the field, and allows our teachers and coaches to serve as mentors and advisors.
- Administrative Assistants
- Business Office
- Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
- Student Success Team
- B.A. Middlebury College
- M.A. New York University, Madrid, Spain
Fanning Hearon serves as Palm Beach Day Academy’s Head of School. Mr. Hearon served three years as Head of School at Maple Street School, prior to which he was Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. Prior to beginning his administrative career, Fanning spent thirteen years at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he was an AP Spanish teacher, Senior Class Dean, Chair of the Modern Languages Department, and coached lacrosse. Fanning began his 28-year career in independent school education at his alma mater, the Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where he served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, Director of the WFS Summer School in Spain program, and Assistant Director of Admissions.
Fanning is the proud parent of two adult sons, Miles and Aicher.
- B.A. English University of Miami
- M.A. Educational Administration Florida International University
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.
- B.S. Elementary Education Skidmore College
- M.S. Reading Fordham University
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.
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- B.A. Secondary Education
- M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - IT
Samuel Bourgeois is the Director of Information Technology. He has been at PBDA since 2020. He graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.Sam’s additional certifications include: IT Infrastructure Library – Foundations (ITIL); Microsoft O365 Certified; Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE); SMART Certified Trainer; CompTia F+; SMART Certified Education Consultant; Apple Certified Maintenance Technician (ACMT); CCNA Bootcamp (New Horizons); Apple Teacher; and Google Educator.
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- B.S., Accounting Central Connecticut State University
- B.S.Ed, Business Education Central Connecticut State University
Billy Coyle is the Director of Finance and Operations, and has been at PBDA since 2007. He graduated with two undergraduate degrees from Central Connecticut State University; a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. Ed in Business Education. He is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.). Billy also serves as the coach of Varsity athletics on the Upper Campus. Billy is the parent of Amanda 2011 and Ryan 2013.
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- B.A. in Psychology University of Vermont
Meghan Monteiro is the Director of Philanthropy, and has been at PBDA since 2020. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Meghan previously worked in philanthropy at Free Arts NYC, American Red Cross, JP Morgan Chase, and Rainforest Alliance in New York City. Meghan was born and raised in Palm Beach County and moved back home in 2018 to be closer to family. Meghan worked in Development and Community Engagement for Miami City Ballet in the Palm Beaches before starting with PBDA. She has a mini goldendoodle, Chester and a brand new baby girl, Margot.
- B.A. English Literature, Wheaton College (MA)
- M.Ed. Educational Technology, Lesley University
Mac Jackson joined PBDA in July 2021 as Associate Director of Philanthropy, focusing on Alumni Engagement and Events. He was previously at Fessenden School in Newton, MA, where he served as the Assistant Director of Residential Life and coach of multiple sports. Prior to beginning his administrative career, Mac was an English teacher in New York City, first at an independent school in Manhattan and then at a public charter school in Brooklyn. He began his teaching career at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT where he was a teacher, coach and dorm parent. In each school, Mac was drawn to the strength of the community, a quality he sees notably present at Palm Beach Day. Mac and his wife, Hillary, have three young children, and the Jackson five are thrilled to call Palm Beach County their new home now.
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- B.A. Communications University of Maryland
- M.A.T. Elementary Education Johns Hopkins University
- M.S. Administration and Supervision Fordham University
Stephanie Filauro is the Director of Admission, and has been at PBDA since 2019. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland, a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University, and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. Stephanie previously served as a first grade teacher and Assistant Principal at private schools in New York City. Stephanie is the parent of Clara 2033.
- (561) 832-8815, ext. 104
- B.S., Elementary Education - Early Childhood Bridgewater State College
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.
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- B.A., Strategic Communications Elon University
Brent Gallagher is the Director of Marketing and Communications, and has been at PBDA since 2019. She graduated with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Spanish from Elon University. Prior to PBDA, Brent has worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, L’Oreal and Magrino PR. She has two children – an infant son, Peyton, and a Golden Retriever named Fitz.