Meet the Team



Jane Boarman, CITL Director

Jane Boarman is the Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St Petersburg, FL. She brings nineteen years of classroom teaching experience and a passion for professional development to her work. She is committed to providing relevant learning experiences to teachers while respecting their knowledge and experience. All learning experiences will be delivered using best practice methods. Before Shorecrest, she taught at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE and The Park School in Baltimore, MD. Jane received her Masters in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She is also an Apple Distinguished Teacher. 

Jane is an avid reader and eater. She enjoys all of the cultural and culinary opportunities so abundant in St Petersburg, as well as the flat terrain which makes it easy for her to get around on her bike. 

Contact Jane at jboarman@shorecrest.org

Pedro Alonso

Pedro Alonso is a native Spanish speaker who joined the Shorecrest Upper School world languages department from California, where he previously served as Spanish Department Coordinator at the Vistamar School. Pedro earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Critical Social Thought and Romance Languages from the University of Havana. 

Dr. Anna Baralt

Dr. Anna Baralt holds a Doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. She taught preschool and elementary students for 17 years before becoming Shorecrest’s Director of Educational Technology. In this role, she provides support in designing curriculum and technology integration and facilitates professional development school-wide. Anna was recognized as a Teacher of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2008 and a Superpower Educator in 2009. She is also a 2010 recipient of the FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) DeWitt E. and Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Grant as well as a 2013 Benedict Foundation Grant. Anna is passionate about integrating technology into project work, 1:1 learning programs, fostering digital citizenship, STEAM education, and using technology to facilitate professional learning communities. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has been published in several peer-reviewed educational journals.

Diego Duran-Medina

Diego Duran-Medina serves as the Director of Service Learning at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL. Prior to joining the school in 2015, he spent four years as a national consultant through LeadServe Consulting, helping schools develop service learning curricula and programming. From 2007-2012, he served as Director of Service-Learning at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC. 

Diego earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Arts from New York University and a Master of Education from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College-Columbia University. He has presented at multiple NAIS conferences, and recently published a piece on civic education and developing students and scholars in "Independent School magazine." He co-founded the Center for Service Learning Leadership with Jonathan Davis, Middle School Principal at Dwight-Englewood School, in 2016, dedicated to promoting best practices in service learning for independent schools.

Roderick Avery Fludd

Roderick Avery Fludd, a Columbia, South Carolina native, came to Shorecrest to be the school’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He has more than 20 years of experience in education, and 15 years in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. Roderick received his B.S. in Mathematics from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and his Masters in Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

For 10 years, Roderick held multiple positions at The Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT, including Mathematics Department Chair and Director of Diversity Programs and Community Life. Prior to GCDS, Roderick taught middle school math at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, he has coached JV/Varsity softball since he began teaching.

An avid collector of bow ties, cufflinks and watches, Roderick is a lifelong Dodgers fan and a follower of the Utah Jazz. He lives with his wife Sara in St. Petersburg, FL.

Al Irwin

Al Irwin is a Spanish teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience at the middle and upper school levels, as well as serving as Department Chair. He holds a bachelor's degree in K-12 Spanish Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte. Mr. Irwin came to Shorecrest in 2019 from Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, NC.

Sarah Palazzolo

Sarah Finnemore Palazzolo is a teacher and literacy consultant with expertise in reading and writing workshops and literacy curriculum development. She has taught third through fifth grades. Her experience as an independent school teacher, her training in reading and writing workshop from Columbia University, and Sarah’s position as lead staff developer and literacy coach with Pinellas County Schools allows her to offer specialized and practical professional development in literacy.

Christopher Powers

After graduating from Shorecrest, Christopher Powers '00 attended Franklin and Marshall College where he earned degrees in Philosophy and English Literature. He started his teaching career with Harvard University's WorldTeach in the Federated States of Micronesia in 2005.

Mr. Powers began his Shorecrest teaching career in 2007 as the Assistant Director of College Counseling and member of the English department. In 2013, Mr. Powers transitioned from College Counseling to become the Director of Online Learning.

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.