Oxbridge Academy Announces New Staff Members Duff And Grimes

The Oxbridge Academy recently announced two new members of its staff.

Shannon Duff has joined Oxbridge as associate director of academic advising, student services and college counseling. She has more than 14 years of experience in the field of college counseling and a background in education, finance, entrepreneurship and competitive athletics. She founded Collegiate Compass LLC, an educational consulting practice dedicated to college counseling and student advising.

Duff earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Between undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked as an analyst and later associate in a principal finance group at Lehman Brothers in New York. During business school, she worked for Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She has also taught and provided academic support in K-12 schools in Maryland and at the Pine School in Hobe Sound. Duff is an avid runner and was the captain of the Yale women’s cross-country team and earned nine varsity letters in track and cross-country. She ran the New York City Marathon in 2005 and finished 32nd among American women.

In addition, Oxbridge has named Tyler Grimes as the distinguished visiting artist in musical theater for the 2019-20 school year. Grimes will collaboratively teach the honors performance ensemble class and direct the annual school musical. He will help budding artists develop their talents and provide challenging opportunities for accomplished students to enhance their acting techniques, choreography/movement skills, knowledge of musical theater, origins and history of theater, and classical theater.

Grimes is the managing director of the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, which conducts musical theater workshops with schools in cities around the globe. Prior to joining Lovewell, he was a high school and middle school theater teacher at the Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory in Pembroke Pines, and a teaching artist and director/choreographer in New York City. Since 2016, Grimes has served as the co-sponsor of District 13 Thespians, responsible for attending state board meetings, organizing district individual events and one-act festivals. He has a bachelor’s degree in educational theater with a minor in dramatic literature and Shakespeare from New York University.

The Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school, serving grades 9-12. The 56-acre campus is located at 3151 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit www.oapb.org or call (561) 972-9600.