Administration

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    Peter Bayer

    Principal

    Principal Bayer has been with the Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since the inception of Pembroke Pines Charter High School at the Academic Village Campus in July of 2000. Mr. Bayer was the school’s assistant principal for first three years and is now in his fourteenth year as principal.   As principal, Mr. Bayer also acts as the City liaison for the Academic Village Campus which includes partnerships with Broward Community College, Broward County’s Southwest Regional Library and the Aquatics Center for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.  In 2014 he oversaw the Academic Village expansion to include AVM, which he is also the principal over.

    Born and raised in Westchester County, NY, Bayer received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca New York.   He moved to South Florida in 1990 and in 1993 he received a Masters in English/Education from Florida International University. While teaching in Broward County Schools, he later earned his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  In addition, he also received his Ducktorate Degree in 1986 from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom College Program!


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    Jennifer Diaz

    Assistant Principal
    Jennifer Diaz has been working with the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since 2004.  Mrs. Diaz began her journey at charter teaching high school Social Studies.  In 2010, Mrs. Diaz was given the role as Behavior Specialist and Class Sponsor and worked in that position until the middle school's opening in Fall of 2014.  During her time at the high school, Mrs. Diaz also worked effortlessly to ensure our charter school system became an official Cambridge certified center. Mrs. Diaz has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education and Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida International University.

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    Jennilee Abolafia

    Guidance Counselor
    Jennilee Abolafia has been working with the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since 2012. Mrs. Abolafia began her journey at charter as the RtI Coordinator for all our city charter schools. Before charter, Mrs. Abolafia was a school psychologist and classroom teacher for Broward County Schools.  In 2014, Mrs. Abolafia was given the role as Guidance Counselor and serves as the RtI liaison for our Academic Village Middle and High School.  Mrs. Abolafia has a Bachelor's Degree in Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University.  In addition, Mrs. Abolafia holds a Master's Degree in Science and Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

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    Steve Bruns

    High School Athletic Director
    Steve Bruns has been working with the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since Fall 2001.   He taught high school mathematics and was promoted to Behavior Specialist in 2007.  In 2011, Mr. Bruns was assigned the role as the High School Athletic Director. Before teaching, Mr. Bruns worked as an accountant in Chicago. Mr. Bruns has a passion for football and served as the high school's head coach until Fall 2016.  He holds a double Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance and Master's Degree in Business Administration from Creighton University.

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    Anthony Kelly

    Middle School Athletics Director
    Anthony Kelly has been working with the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since Fall 2001. Anthony first served as Assistant Athletic Director of the high school.  When the Academic Village Middle School opened in 2014, he was given the role as the Athletic Director.   Before teaching, Mr. Kelly worked in the marketing field. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Northeastern State University.

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    Dana Ostendorf

    ESE Specialist
    Dana Ostendorf has been working with the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools since Fall 2006.   She started her journey at our FSU Charter Elementary School working with the Gifted population.  In 2010, Ms. Ostendorf was assigned the role as ESE Specialist. Before charter, Ms. Ostendorf worked as an elementary teacher in Broward County Public Schools. Ms. Ostendorf holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and Master's Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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    Marisa Hazelton

    ESE Facilitator
    Marisa Hazelton has been in education since 2004 and is one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Village Middle School.  Mrs. Hazelton began her teaching career in Miami-Dade County as an ESE teacher for Biology.  She has also worked with elementary school children in individualized clusters. Currently, Mrs. Hazelton is the ESE Support Facilitator and was named "Teacher of the Year" for the 2015-2016 school year.  Mrs. Hazleton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Specific Learning Disabilities and Master's Degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Secondary Language) from Florida International University.