Dave Burgess is the founder and director of the Digital Media Production Department for both campuses of Pine Crest School. Mr. Burgess supervises and maintains three fully equipped academic studios for digital media production course offerings and interdisciplinary work. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Full Sail University with an emphasis on education media design, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Telecommunication from the University of Florida. Prior to his involvement with Pine Crest, he has worked for various broadcast network affiliates and production firms.
Ashley Porter serves as an Upper School teacher for PCTV, a Middle School teacher for PCNN, and the director of a daily, live morning show for Lower School students called PCAM. She also co-hosts Panther Pulse, a monthly video news update that’s delivered to the Pine Crest community. Before coming to Pine Crest, Ms. Porter was an Emmy Award-winning reporter who worked for nationally syndicated entertainment show The List and several local news stations. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida.
Jaimee Rashbaum is in her second career, shifting from television news to teaching at Pine Crest starting in 2013. Prior to coming to Pine Crest, she worked as a television news producer at WNBC in New York City (2000-2005) and then WTVJ-NBC 6 (2005-2007) and WFOR-CBS 4 (2007-2010). She covered some of the biggest news stories in recent memory, including September 11, 2001, the Blackout in NYC in 2003, Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, and the Super Bowl in Miami. She won an Emmy award in 2000 as producer of the Best Morning Newscast in New York. Since coming to Pine Crest, Mrs. Rashbaum has taught U.S. History, U.S. History Honors, AP Capstone Seminar: Media in America and PCTV. Her favorite part of teaching is the ability to connect and get to know her students, and finds being a teacher incredibly fulfilling and meaningful. In her free time, she can be found with her husband, Dan, a PC alum and her two children, Kyla and Henry.
Joanna Szymanski joined Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2012. She graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon followed by the obtainment of her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Mrs. Szymanski’s experience includes working as a multimedia journalist, news editor, copywriter, and website content manager for various news organizations in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. She is passionate about videography, video editing, GoPro cameras, website design, social media, Internet marketing, SEO, and educational technology. Besides teaching television production, Mrs. Szymanski serves at Pine Crest School as Content and Learning Management Systems Administrator.
Kerri-Anne Alexanderson joined the Pine Crest faculty in 2010 but her love for film began long before she began teaching. Ms. Alexanderson studied film in high school and went on to study Motion Pictures at The University of Miami. She spent a summer at The New York Film Academy make shorts on Super 8 cameras and 16mm film. Upon graduating from The University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Psychology, Ms. Alexanderson began teaching at a small private school near her home on Long Island and simultaneously earned her Master’s in Education from Hofstra University. Since coming to Pine Crest, Ms. Alexanderson has taught AP Psychology, a Post AP Psychology course, and now Film Studies. Ms. Alexanderson is thrilled to share her passion with film alongside her passion for psychology and hopes to introduce more students to the vast and intriguing world of motion pictures.