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CEO, Xceed Preparatory Academy
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Head of School
Teacher, Math
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Anna brings over 17 years of experience as an educator to Xceed Preparatory Academy at DME. She began her teaching career in the college sector in 2003. She has experience in middle school, high school and college-level education. She also has experience in the online and traditional school settings. Anna has a PhD in Economics and Business from her native country, Italy.

Teacher, Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science
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My teaching career began back in 2007 when I started as a middle school science teacher and high school football coach. Over the past 13 years, I have taught nearly every discipline in science, from regular classes to AP and IB-level classes, as well as middle and high school English and social studies. I am a lifelong learner and I love to instill the thirst for knowledge in all of my students.

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. I have always enjoyed presenting information to people in a way that was understandable and entertaining. Coupled with the fact that my parents taught nearly 50 years collectively, I guess you could say I was a born educator!

When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, surfing, and traveling. I am always interested in learning about new cultures and places, and our travels have taken us to Australia, England, Scotland, Costa Rica and all around the United States. I look forward to helping your student grow not only intellectually, but as an athlete and a responsible, global citizen as well.

English/Language Art
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Allison Duff is a passionate, student-centered educator, continually seeking to broaden both her content and pedagogical knowledge to help her students achieve success. Mrs. Duff earned her B.A. in English and Secondary education and her M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education from Stetson University. She has also earned her Reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsements. She is an eighteen-year veteran educator who strives to create an inviting atmosphere of mutual respect to foster student learning. Mrs. Duff’s students consider her to be a caring teacher committed to helping them learn and achieve their personal and academic goals.

Social Studies
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My name is Kyle Curia, and I am the new English/Language Arts Teacher. I’ve been a voracious reader since a very young age, and that became a passion for the written word. I was homeschooled by my parents, and they let me read broadly, while still directing me through the classics. Having experienced a non-traditional education myself, I am very excited to join the team here at DME/Xceed to provide a personalized and flexible education to the students.

My background in teaching is with Social Studies, and my degree is in United States History, with a minor in Political Science with a focus on international relations. I am excited to move into English and Language arts, having always enjoyed those courses, and been a fan on linguistics and languages after reading The Lord of the Rings in middle school. That catalyzed an interest in how languages function and led to my parents putting me in a Latin class that was designed to teach English grammar through comparison.

My wife is also an English teacher, and has been very excited about me teaching the same subject. We live in Daytona Beach with our two children, Abigail, age 6, and Oliver, age 3, as well as our cat, Jiji. While I’m originally from California, my in-laws have settled in the area, and it’s very comforting having the extended family around.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy writing by hand with fountain pens, mostly personal reflections and journaling, but I try my hand at fiction every now and again. Analog writing instruments, especially fountain pens, and stationery have been things that I enjoy for as long as I can remember, even if my handwriting is not the most beautiful. I also enjoy video games, especially well-written tactical games, and staying informed about current events and politics. I look forward to helping the students succeed and grow in their ability to express themselves.

Teaching Assistant
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Bachelor of Arts, major in Liberal Studies with concentration in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. My first official work was at DME/Exceed after I graduated college. I did some work on different kids basketball clinics and camps.

College Counselor
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Peter has been helping students prepare for college for more than two decades, first as a high school social studies teacher at Ransom Everglades School in Miami (his alma mater), as a guidance counselor to 12th grade students at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach and since 2007 as the owner/operator of College Funding Specialists, Inc., our boutique college planning firm.

He has personally helped more than 1100 families (and counting) successfully navigate the college process (and stay sane in the process).

He writes a weekly college planning column, is the author of two books on the business of higher education and his ‘Thick Envelope Magic’ for rising 12th graders is in its 8th edition. Peter is also a frequent lecturer on the current state of higher education, and a nationally-recognized expert in making college affordable for families across the board.

Peter also serves as a Mentor and a Member of the Corporate Council for Take Stock in Children, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. He is a former Advisory Board Member for the Alexander Muss High School in Israel and has served for 8 years as a Coach and Board member for Weston Area Little League.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA and an MA/MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Peter is also a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and of the American College Funding Association. He lives in Weston, FL with Jill, their two children – and Marley (their ferocious 7 pound silky terrier).