Sheldon Kaplan ’66: Adolescent Psychologist on the Frontline of COVID-19

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Dr. Sheldon Kaplan ’66 is a licensed child and adolescent psychologist who has been on the front line for children and teenagers coping with the stress of COVID-19.

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Topics: Alumni, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, 2020

Using Summertime to Prepare Your Child for Pre-Kindergarten

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 21, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Setting your child up for success begins with you! As a parent, you are your child’s very first teacher. School readiness is not just about learning the ABCs and 123s—young children need to learn skills such as: listening to a set of instructions, following multi-step directions, becoming comfortable with routines, sitting quietly for whole group instruction, keeping hands to themselves, and self-regulation. 

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Topics: lower school, Pre-kindergarten, pine crest school, fine motor skills

Pine Crest School Alumnus Launches Feed the Front Line

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 26, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Ben Schecter ’14 has always enjoyed making a positive impact on others’ lives.

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Topics: Alumni, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, 2020

Pine Crest School Alumnus Adapts Dental Practice Protocols for COVID-19 Safety

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 23, 2020 at 9:26 AM

A love of dentistry ignited when Dr. Brandon Alegre ’97 accompanied his sisters to a dental visit while he was a senior at Pine Crest. Seeing the University of Florida Gators logo on the orthodontist's tie launched a conversation and Brandon’s career. He opened his dental practice in 2007 after completing his residency at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Topics: pine crest school, pine crest alumni, 2020

Pine Crest Upper School Journalists Meet Alumnus Grant Gittlin ’04

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 12, 2020 at 2:23 PM

by Connor Norris ’21

In March of 2019, 13 Upper School student journalists traveled to New York City to attend the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Spring Convention. Before the conference, students had the opportunity to meet with Pine Crest alumni who work in media-related careers in the City. The alumni offered tours of their offices, spoke about their career paths, and answered students’ questions about working in media. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing about their Pine Crest experiences and reflecting upon what makes the School so special.

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Topics: Upper School, Alumni, 2019, pine crest school, pine crest alumni

Planning Your Admission Visit to Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM

An important part of applying for admission to an independent school is getting to know the school and assessing if it is right for your family.

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Topics: lower school, elementary school, Upper School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, pine crest school, pine crest summer

Jordyn Elliott ’16 : Working For Inclusion

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 1:09 PM

Jordyn Elliott ’16 was busy during her time as a Pine Crest student! Playing soccer for both Pine Crest and a travel team, Jordyn was thrilled when she was offered a spot on the University of California at Berkeley women’s soccer team.

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Topics: Athletics, college athletes, pine crest school, pine crest alumni

Coming Full Circle: From Student to Board Chair

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Michele (McNichol) Stocker ’83 has come full circle in her Pine Crest experience over the course of 40 years— first as a student, then as an alumna, parent, and parent of an alumna, and now as Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees.

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Partners in Business and Life: Stephanie and Tony Correa ’87

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:17 PM

Stephanie (Shank) Correa ’87 and Tony Correa ’87 are high school sweethearts and business partners running a network of veterinary clinics and hospitals, Animal Cancer Care Clinic (ACCC). ACCC was envisioned by Stephanie, a veterinarian who saw a need for comprehensive cancer treatment for dogs and cats.

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Topics: pine crest school, pine crest alumni, animal cancer care clinic

10 Questions with Former NFL Football Player Kevin Boothe ’01

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:07 PM

Kevin Boothe ’01 is a former professional football player, having played for the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.


After graduating from Pine Crest, Kevin attended Cornell University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration. He was drafted to the NFL in 2006 and returned to the classroom to earn his Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in 2013.

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Topics: Athletics, college athletes, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, nfl, Kevin Boothe

Jared Firestone ’08: Team Israel Skeleton Athlete

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 17, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Jared Firestone ’08 is a south Florida native, 2022 Olympic hopeful, and Skeleton racer.

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Topics: Alumni, pine crest school, pine crest alumni

How Students Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 1, 2019 at 9:56 PM

At Pine Crest School, we believe our students must learn to be as agile and adaptable as possible.

High-brain human traits such as global understanding and empathy, deep thinking and learning, and complex problem-solving mindset through collaboration will distinguish our students and set them up for success.

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Topics: Alumni Newsletter, lower school, workshop, elementary school, Upper School, Student Life, Middle School, design thinking, pine crest school, entrepreneurship, education

A Conversation with Pine Crest’s Three-Time State Championship Student-Athletes: Kevin Mendez ’22 and Tsion Yared ’20

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 17, 2019 at 2:48 PM

Freshman Kevin Mendez ’22 and junior Tsion Yared ’20 are three-time state championship titleholders for diving and cross country, respectively.

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Topics: Athletics, pine crest school, diving, cross country, track and field, fhsaa

Spotlight on Jana Blackwell ’81: Executive Director of Auxiliary Programs

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 5:39 PM

As a Pine Crest School Class of 1981 alumna, teacher, coach, and parent of two alumni, Calla ’11 and Chandler ’14 Cissel, Jana Blackwell’s Panther Pride runs deep.

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Topics: pine crest school, pine crest summer, pine crest alumni

Spotlight on the Rosenberg Family

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 5:24 PM

We are honored to shine a spotlight on Todd ’95 and Caroline Rosenberg. Todd is a proud Pine Crest alumnus, and he and Caroline are the parents of Dylan ’25, Julian ’28, and Gavin ’30.


For the Rosenbergs, sending their children to Pine Crest was never a question.

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Topics: giving, pine crest fund, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, philanthropy, financial assistance, financial aid, inclusion aid, endowment

Social and Emotional Education: Engaging the World with Empathy

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 10:29 AM

As class begins each day at Pine Crest, you will see a Lower School classroom in their morning meeting connecting through song or engaged in activities like mindfulness stretching.

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Topics: Student Life, mindfulness, academics, pine crest school, education, emotional intelligence, social and emotional learning

Disrupting Traditional City Scaffolding with Urban Umbrella: Andrés Ulises Cortés ’92

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 10, 2019 at 4:18 PM

Walk along a New York City sidewalk for long enough and you may discover a delicious slice of pizza, a one-of-a-kind retail flagship store, dozens of high-rise buildings — and miles and miles of scaffolding, also known as sidewalk sheds.

 

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Topics: Innovation, 2019, pine crest school, entrepreneurship, pine crest alumni, urban umbrella

Joining the Family Business: Dawid Goszczycki ’08 is Taking His Family’s Bakery to New Markets

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 3:33 PM

Since graduating from Pine Crest School in 2008, Dawid Goszczycki earned an undergraduate degree and returned to his native country of Poland to join his family’s bakery business.

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Topics: pine crest school, entrepreneurship, pine crest alumni

Student Entrepreneurs Make Their Name in The Community

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 2:59 PM

Upper School Students Rhea Jain ’20 and Neil Sachdeva ’21 were selected to join the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in the fall of 2018. 

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Topics: Upper School, Student Life, Middle School, pine crest school, student leadership, entrepreneurship, stem

Obstacle to Opportunity: How Brooke Bal ’10 Launched bakebars

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM

After being diagnosed with a severe gluten intolerance five years ago, Brooke Bal ’10 knew she needed to pay more attention to the ingredients in the food she ate.

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Topics: pine crest school, entrepreneurship, pine crest alumni, bakebars

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