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How do you want your children to grow?

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

Is it too bold for us to want our kids to grow the same way Jesus did? To grow up and be like Jesus?

What if our children were so confident in how they are loved by God that they could not help sharing that love with their friends?

That is exactly what God calls us to do, to raise them to be just like Jesus. When Jesus walked on earth, He was completely God. He was also completely a man and had to grow as a man.

So what does it mean to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor? Let’s look at their everyday definitions and at how God defines these three critical areas of development.

Last modified on November 16, 2018

Happy Summer to everyone!

It’s that time of year to talk AfterCare registration. We need to know if your son is going to be with us this year!

Here are a few more details about paying for your son’s lunch.

The EZ School App accepts Credit and Debit Cards only.


  • Add money to your son’s account when ordering your meals.
  • Add money to your account without ordering meals. You can order the meals at a later time.
  • Or you can order meals and add additional money for unanticipated items your son may want.

To add money to your account without ordering a meal, click on the Save/Pay button at the bottom of the menu and it will ask you if you want to add money.

The credit card company (not PDS or Piccadilly) charges a small credit card fee per transaction (i.e. each time you pay for ordered meals or add money to your account).

The fee is 2.9% of the total amount you have ordered plus any money you have added to the account + a 30 cent flat fee.


Number of Meals Ordered for August 12
Number of Meals Ordered for September 18
Total Meals Ordered 30
Cost per Meal $6.16
Total $184.8
Credit Card Fee Percentage 2.9%
Percentage Credit Card Fee 5.3592
Flat Credit Card Fee $0.3
Total Amount Charge to Card $190.4592

If you ordered lunch every day for your son and you were able to do that in 4 transactions, your total credit card fee would be only about $30 for the year.

There is a minimum credit card fee of $1.95, so to minimize the fee order as infrequently as you can and preferably over $50 at a time.

With the start of the 2018–2019 school year, we welcome ten new teachers and administrators to the PDS Community.


Molly Beard

New JK Teacher

Molly Beard, returns to PDS after moving away nine years ago. Mrs. Beard has over ten years of experience teaching in Early Childhood education. Molly has an undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Memphis. She is looking forward to being back at PDS!


Diann Belote

New Reading Specialist (5th–6th Grades)

Diann Belote joins the PDS faculty after thirty-three years in elementary and middle school education. She has experience in the areas of language arts, technology, and gifted education. She and her husband, Michael, have always lived and worked in the Memphis area and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Diann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Childhood Literacy from the University of Memphis.


Ann Clark Elmore

New Elementary Administrative Assistant

Ann Clark is a native Memphian. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration degree. She previously worked at PDS as the Elementary Administrative Assistant and is excited to be returning after staying at home with her three children for a couple of years.


Lauren Riley

New Sixth Grade Teacher (ELA)

Lauren Riley, a native of Memphis, has eight years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Pete have two boys, William and Andrew.


Brittany Smith

New EDGE Studio

Brittany Smith, a native of Memphis, TN, is excited to be joining the PDS family. Mrs. Smith has five years teaching experience in Knox and Shelby county schools. Her passion is cultivating an exciting learning environment where boys feel safe to explore and grow. Brittany has a bachelor’s degree in Human Growth and Learning from Tusculum College. She is also a loving wife and mother.


Jenna Thornburg

New Spanish Teacher (3rd–6th Grades)

Jenna Thornburg is joining our faculty as the Spanish teacher for grades 3–6. She has lived in Memphis for 24 years and is returning to teaching after time at home with her children. Mrs. Thornburg has six years of experience in the classroom. She earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in teaching from Christian Brothers University. She also studied the Spanish language at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain.


Danielle Walton

New Technology Coordinator

Danielle Walton grew up in North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelors degree in 2011. Upon graduating, she relocated to Tennessee to attend Trevecca Nazarene University, where she received a master’s degree in 2013. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education. Danielle has a passion for educational technology and is looking forward to working as our Technology Coordinator!


Yanan (Sunny) Zheng

New Mandarin Teacher (Early Childhood)

Sunny Zheng has a Master’s in Business Administration degree from The University of Memphis. She spent two years working as a Mandarin teacher in Hong Kong before coming to the United States. Her goals are to teach the Mandarin language, to help boys develop verbal proficiency, and along the way learn to love and appreciate the Chinese culture.

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8:30 am - 10:30 am

Rising 1st through 6th grade boys are invited to experience PDS on Tuesday, November 27 from 8:30-10:30.

Learn More and RSVP

B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.


8:10 am - 8:30 am
Parents welcome!

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