Laura Glenn

Laura Glenn

Laura Glenn serves as Head of the Elementary School at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, one of the country’s leading independent schools for boys.

Laura began her career at PDS helping in the Admission office before becoming an assistant teacher in the Early Childhood Division. After teaching 1st and 3rd grade at other area independent schools, she returned to PDS in 2006 to teach 1st grade.

Laura earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Teaching from The University of Memphis. Laura has a reading specialist certificate from Christian Brothers University and has participated in Project Zero, an advanced training program based out of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. A lifelong learner, Laura is devoted to the development of a multi-sensory classroom.

Her passions outside of the classroom include international travel and cheering for Memphis sports.

A Snapshot of Learning

How does PDS compare with other schools?

PDS boys outperform other independent schools and the best public schools on ERB tests.

Make sure your son gets a good night’s sleep. Eat a hearty, healthy breakfast. Encourage your son to do his best. Suggestions like these usually mean one thing: It’s ERB week at PDS.

Twelve of our PDS boys recently entered art work into BRACE, The Briarcrest Regional Art Contest and Exhibition. Our boys did great! Of the twelve PDS entries, eight works received awards. Congratulations to all of our award winners!

  • Matthew Muller - Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner
  • Harris Laughlin - Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner
  • James Hanlon - Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner
  • Palmer Albertine - 4th Place Winner $25
  • Johnny Dobbs - 2nd Place Winner $75
  • Edwin Wallis - Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner
  • Hall Thompson - 3rd Place Winner $50
  • Charlie Treadwell - Honorable Mention Ribbon Winner

Dear SK Parents,

As you know, your son has been exposed to both Mandarin and Spanish while in EC. When your son begins first grade next year, he will begin a singular world language track in either Spanish or Mandarin.

Please complete the form on the SK class pages on the PDS website by Friday, May 24th to indicate your language choice.

Many of you already have in mind which language your son will continue.  Others are uncertain about which you will choose.  Please remember that whichever language you choose, both will benefit your child and enrich his educational experience.  Our world language teachers suggest that you consider the following items when making your decision.

  1. How do you envision your child using the language? (Ex: travel, business, study abroad, etc.)  This might draw you closer to either Mandarin or Spanish.
  2. Consider your family needs.  Does your child have a relative who speaks either language?  Do you travel as a family to an area where a particular language is spoken? Both of these situations give your child an opportunity to apply what he is learning outside of the classroom and can be a great motivational tool.
  3. The perceived difficulty of a language should not be a deciding factor.  Talk with your son about which language he feels most comfortable and confident learning. Although you may consider one language more difficult than the other, young children don’t have the prior knowledge of grammar (simpler to adults in Mandarin) and alphabet systems (simpler to adults in Spanish) to create these self-imposed limitations.
  4. Remember you are choosing a language, not a teacher.  Make sure your son understands that his current Spanish or Mandarin teacher will not be his teacher in the upper grades at PDS.
  5. Finally, once you have made this decision, your son will continue with that language through the sixth grade. Students will not be allowed to change language tracks once the initial decision has been made.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming each of your sons into the Elementary Division next year.

Best regards,

Laura Glenn
Elementary Division Head

Choose Your Son's Language Track

Dear Parents,

Today, every boy in 1st – 5th grade received a red folder containing his required summer reading and math assignments.

The folders contain all the information your son will need in order to complete his required summer work. Just as last year, all required math assignments are contained within the red folder. If you would like for your son to have additional math practice, he may login to Dreambox (rising 2nd–4th) or IXL (rising 2nd–6th) using his username and password found on the front pocket of the folder.

The school will be open at scheduled times this summer for students to take AR tests. The schedule can be found on the same inside pocket of the red folder.

On the first day of school in August, your son will need to return his completed assignments in the red folder.

Enjoy summer!

Laura Glenn
Head of Elementary

Dear Parents,

Today, every boy in 1st – 5th grade received a red folder containing his required summer reading and math assignments.

The folders contain all the information your son will need in order to complete his required summer work. Just as last year, all required math assignments are contained within the red folder. If you would like for your son to have additional math practice, he may login to Dreambox (rising 2nd–4th) or IXL (rising 2nd–6th) using his username and password found on the front pocket of the folder.

The school will be open at scheduled times this summer for students to take AR tests. The schedule can be found on the same inside pocket of the red folder.

On the first day of school in August, your son will need to return his completed assignments in the red folder.

Enjoy summer!

Laura Glenn
Head of Elementary

Dear Parents,

Today, every boy in 1st – 5th grade received a red folder containing his required summer reading and math assignments.

The folders contain all the information your son will need in order to complete his required summer work. Just as last year, all required math assignments are contained within the red folder. If you would like for your son to have additional math practice, he may login to Dreambox (rising 2nd–4th) or IXL (rising 2nd–6th) using his username and password found on the front pocket of the folder.

The school will be open at scheduled times this summer for students to take AR tests. The schedule can be found on the same inside pocket of the red folder.

On the first day of school in August, your son will need to return his completed assignments in the red folder.

Enjoy summer!

Laura Glenn
Head of Elementary


Summer Links:

Dreambox IXL Mangahigh

On April 20, PDS was introduced to the “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth” at our first ever Maker Faire, a celebration of innovation and creativity. PDS boys were encouraged to embrace the maker movement and make a project at home to showcase on this night. Whether the project involved science, engineering, art, technology, food, games, or crafts, if a boy made it, he was invited to show it off at the Maker Faire!

In a game of Red Rover, two teams line up on opposite sides. Hands are linked together. Individual team members run back and forth trying to capture players for their team. At first glance, the game seems simple. Anyone who has ever experienced this game, however, knows that it is not quite that easy. The game begins with debate. The players huddle together in conversation. Whom should the team choose to call? For a team to be successful, they must understand the design of the game. In the same way, for a school to be successful, it must understand the design of its students.

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