Coach Dave Smith Reflects on 55 Years of Educating Students at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 10, 2021 at 12:20 PM

Coach Dave Smith may be the only faculty member at Pine Crest School who can say that he has worked under every School president and every Athletic Director in School history — including time spent on the original campus location on Broward Boulevard.

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Topics: Upper School, Athletics, Alumni, Faculty, Middle School, 2021

A Career Well-Lived with Pine Crest Coach Ruth Bresnahan

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 8, 2021 at 1:29 PM

Coach Ruth Bresnahan, more affectionately known as “Coach B” around campus, has been a fixture of Pine Crest School athletics since 1988. However, her start at Pine Crest was actually in 1975 when she began working at Pine Crest Summer, known then as Pine Crest Day Camp.

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Topics: Upper School, Athletics, Alumni, Faculty, Middle School, 2021

The Hudson Library: Reenvisioned as a Space of Inspiration

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 25, 2021 at 12:51 PM

A transformation of the Hudson Library is underway on Pine Crest School’s Fort Lauderdale campus. Used by students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, the modernized space will soon be as inspiring and engaging as the instruction that happens there. 

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Topics: Lower School, Student Life, Giving, Pine Crest Fund, Social and Emotional Learning, 2021

Seizing Opportunities with Mr. David Clark

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 7, 2021 at 9:44 AM

“You never know where opportunities will come from. You just need to be prepared to meet them,” says David Clark to his students. Mr. Clark serves as Head of School on Pine Crest School’s Boca Raton Campus.

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Topics: Alumni, Faculty, Academics, 2021

Motivating Through Math: Ms. Maria Marcello's Passion for Teaching

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 5, 2021 at 11:34 AM

By: Courtney Klar ’22

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Topics: Faculty, Middle School, 2021

Soundtrack of an Educator: A Q&A with Choral Director Mr. Michael Testa

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 5, 2021 at 10:23 AM

By: Sabrina Kreiss ’21

Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Pine Crest School Choral Director Mr. Michael Testa moved to Florida in 2001 to work with the Florida Grand Opera.

During that time, a former faculty member introduced him to Pine Crest where he became a member of the Fine Arts faculty in 2005. Now, almost 20 years later, Mr. Testa oversees and teaches chorus for students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools on Pine Crest’s Fort Lauderdale campus, in addition to Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory.


After graduating from Rowan University with his bachelor of arts in music education, Mr. Testa began performing all over the United States as an opera singer.

Mr. Testa began graduate school at West Chester University shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree. There, he studied music performance. Feeling drawn to education, he began teaching extracurricular classes in music throughout his collegiate studies. He landed his first teaching job at a K-8 public school while studying for his master’s degree.

I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Testa to learn more about his career at Pine Crest and his passion for music and singing.

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Topics: Student Life, Faculty, Fine Arts, Music, 2021

Barbara Becker: Teacher, Parent, and Beloved Member of the Pine Crest Community for 25 Years

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 3, 2021 at 11:42 AM

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Barbara Becker has been a valued member of the Pine Crest community since her eldest child walked on campus 25 years ago.

She served as a parents’ association volunteer for many years before joining the Fort Lauderdale campus Lower School faculty in January 2007 as Mrs. Patty Schimpf’s teacher two in pre-kindergarten.

Mrs. Becker brings her years of experience, deep sense of empathy, and powerful love of reading to her students each and every day.

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Topics: Lower School, Faculty, 2021

Pine Crest Upper School Student Helps Pandemic-Affected Fort Lauderdale Residents

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 29, 2021 at 12:04 PM

Alexis Peddy ’22 loves to read. As an avid reader, encouraging and helping children access books has been a longtime interest of hers.

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Topics: Upper School, Student Leadership, 2021, Community Service

Pine Crest School Announces East Campus Athletic Complex Renovation

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 22, 2021 at 4:01 PM

Pine Crest School is pleased to announce the completion of renovations to the East Campus Athletic Complex, which includes Banks Field and the Elliot Family Track.

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Topics: Athletics, Giving, Pine Crest Fund, 2021

Learning Human-Centered Design in Pine Crest Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 12, 2021 at 11:12 AM

by Ivy Pisani, Innovation Instructor

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Topics: Innovation, Middle School, Design Thinking, Computer Science, STEM, Social and Emotional Learning, 2021

Taking an Inquiry-Based Approach to Civics in the Classroom

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 16, 2021 at 4:12 PM

In the early afternoon of January 6, 2021, students in Mrs. Trish Everett’s Post-Advanced Placement (AP) Political Science Seminar cast C-SPAN to the smartboard and began watching the joint session in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber. As lawmakers made their way through a count of Electoral College votes in alphabetical order by state, students were enthusiastic about experiencing their classroom lessons coming to life. 

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Topics: Upper School, Student Life, Faculty, Academics, 2021