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Lois Dimos, Founder/President, M.Ed. Stanford University

Mrs. Dimos is an award-winning educator and administrator with over 35 years of experience at all levels from elementary to university. Her most challenging and memorable experience was teaching high school ESL and training ESL teachers in Cameroon (Africa) where she proudly served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

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In 2000, Mrs. Dimos founded Palmetto Bay Academy to serve the needs of families who were dissatisfied with traditional public or private schools. She has enjoyed the challenges of developing a unique school based upon the premise that the true purpose of education is to cultivate the intellectual, emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of all students.
Jim Dimos

James Dimos, CEO, B.A. Journalism, B.S. Business, University of Missouri

Mr. Dimos served our country as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He was an Instructor at Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. After leaving the military, he spent 25 years in the business world where he advanced to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Martin Brower Company in Chicago.

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In addition to the expertise he brings from years in the business realm, he has had extensive experience working with teens as a church Youth Group leader. Mr. Dimos has also served in many church leadership positions.

At PBA, Mr. Dimos is responsible for school finances, marketing, and all of the facilities.

 

Maggie Eubanks

Maggie Eubanks, Director M.E.D. Educational Leadership – Lamar University MLS* Library Information Science (In Progress) – Texas Women’s University

Mrs. Eubanks is a 13-year veteran of public and private education and an award-winning teacher and school administrator. She relocated to the Miami area specifically to take on the leadership of Palmetto Bay Academy having spent the last five years in China and Indonesia with her husband helping to guide and develop schools as a secondary school administrator.

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Mrs. Eubanks is passionate about education and guiding kids to achieve their own greatness. She is a published researcher, a trained IB Instructor and Programme Coordinator and an AP Exam reader. Prior to moving to Miami and before teaching overseas Mrs. Eubanks was the winningest coach in the history of her high school’s competitive academics competition. She re-instituted her school’s disbanded Speech and Debate team and within two years had students competing at the state tournament. Additionally she was nominated and recognized by her students and the community at large by being named a 2009 Unsung Hero for Baytown, TX. Mrs. Eubanks continues to pursue life-long learning through graduate coursework and professional development, all in support of her effort to grow great schools. She maintains strong connections to the performing arts through singing and theatre and is a dedicated member of the Oasis Center Church in Cutler Bay, FL.

John Eubanks

John Eubanks, Associate Director M.E.D. Educational Leadership – Lamar University M.E.D. Curriculum & Instruction – University of Texas

Mr. Eubanks is an engaging and dynamic leader and teacher beginning his ninth year in public and private school education. His background in marketing and finance as well as his strong mastery of educational concepts makes him the perfect individual to fulfil this newly designed administrative role. Mr. Eubanks spent the last five years in Asia developing secondary science and athletic programs.

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Mr. Eubanks spent fifteen years in the business sector as an entrepreneur and business owner yet he always felt that something was missing. Since deciding to move into education nearly a decade ago he has never looked back. He is an experienced athletic director and coach with more than ten championship teams in his career. His finance and marketing experience are a strong support for Palmetto Bay Academy as it is coupled with his training and expertise as an educator and program developer. Mr. Eubanks looks to bring this knowledge and skill to bear to enhance programming offerings for PBA students as well as expand PBA’s reach into the community.

 

Faculty

Palmetto Bay faculty members are carefully selected for their intellect, personality, education, experience and personal values. To teach at PBA, all teachers must have a minimum of a B.A. degree from an accredited university, certification in their subject area and 2 years of relevant teaching or tutoring experience.

Upon being hired, a thorough background check is conducted including a fingerprint report from the FBI as required by Florida Law. In addition, all teachers must agree to a drug free lifestyle and are randomly tested for illegal drug use.

On July 1, 2008 the Florida Legislature enacted Bill 1712 entitled the “Ethics in Education Act.” Our faculty members comply with all statutes of the Ethics in Education Act governing private schools.

In addition, all employees of Palmetto Bay Academy have an obligation and legal responsibility to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student. Failure to report misconduct may result in penalties up to termination of employment and revocation of an educator’s certificate.

The following are some examples of misconduct that must be reported:

  • Obscene language
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Disparaging comments
  • Prejudice or bigotry
  • Sexual innuendo
  • Cheating
  • Testing violations
  • Physical aggression
  • Accepting or Offering favors