Palm Beach Day Academy parents and members of the community attended a cocktail reception in Palm Beach recently to welcome Martha Bjorklund, incoming Head of the Lower Campus. Bjorklund starts her new role at Florida’s first independent school in July. She will travel to the area several times to meet with students, parents, faculty, alumni and members of the community in advance of her official start date.
“The Palm Beach Day Academy community is so delighted to welcome Martha Bjorklund as the incoming Head of the Lower Campus,” said Dr. Edwin Gordon, PBDA Head of School. “With the nearly completed Education Center, our lower school campus is the new crown jewel for our school community. Martha’s extensive background in lower school education, in addition to her lengthy independent school career recognizes the importance of starting a child’s love of learning early on — beginning with a quality, focused pre-primary and primary education. She will be a terrific addition to our administration team.”
Bjorklund received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY; and a M.S. in Reading from Fordham University in NYC. She has received numerous awards over the years for her leadership and teaching, specifically for working in early childhood education and curriculum development. Most recently Bjorklund was the Assistant Head of Lower School for Allendale-Columbia School in Rochester, NY, where she has been for 15 years.
“I am excited to be joining the Palm Beach Day Academy family as Head of the Lower Campus,” said Bjorklund. “For more than 34 years, I have been in the independent school system. I look forward to meeting the students and parents, and officially starting my position in July.”
Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving nearly 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age 2 through grade 9, exemplifies the school’s vision to provide exceptional opportunities for academic development, intellectual growth, artistic and physical self-fulfillment, and moral awareness.