June 14, 2016

The Palm Beach Day Academy, the oldest private school in Florida, has named five Newmyer Fellows selected to attend this summer's Project Zero Classroom Institute at Harvard University.  Their participation at Harvard is funded by PBDA's Newmyer Institute for Innvoative Teaching, created three years ago by A. G. Newmyer III, a parent at the school.

This year's Newmyer Fellows are:  Sarah Kemeness, head of the upper school; Valentina Gabrielli, upper school Spanish teacher; Ashley Hollern, upper school math and science teacher; Janice Remington, first grade teacher; and George Yeager, third grade teacher.  The goal of the Harvard program is to deepen student understanding, to encourage learners to think critically and creatively, and to make learning and thinking visible.

Palm Beach Day Academy has long been recognized for providing advanced teacher training, for bringing innovation experts to campus, and for sharing its teacher training and motivation programs with other educators throughout the U.S. and the world.

Upon creation of the innovative teaching institute that bears his name, Mr. Newmyer noted:  "Innovative teaching is like the hokey-pokey.  That's what it's all about."  He is an investor and consultant with offices in Palm Beach Gardens.

Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert, Head of School, commented:  "I feel blessed to have a parent who truly understands that the key to every child's educational experience is having the bset and brightest teachers.  Thanks to the generosity of The A. G. Newmyer III Foundation, our teachers have the opportunity to continually generate and explore new ideas that enhance their teaching, and to exchange those ideas with other educators near and far."

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