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Update on the Head of School Search from Don Batchelor '66

Homepage News Don Batchelor Tuesday, September 03, 2013 11:11 AM

Dear PDS Parents:

On behalf of the PDS Board of Trustees, I am writing to give you an update on our search for a new Head of School. As you know, Lee Burns will be leaving PDS next summer to return to his hometown (and his wife's hometown) and alma mater, The McCallie School, to serve as their Headmaster, beginning in the summer of 2014.


Innovation shouldn't look like a tablet or a laptop. It should look like a learning environment where students—with teachers at their side—choose their learning targets and aim to hit them. Take Aim at Innovation by Grant Lichtman

Martin Institute Teaching Fellow Grant Lichtman wrote an article for the September/October issue of Leading and Learning Through Technology, the magazine of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Lichtman's visit to Presbyterian Day School is part of the article.

Read the full article (Begins on page 14)


The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has selected six PDS teachers and administrators to lead sessions at their 2014 annual conference in Florida next February.

“It’s a big deal for individuals and a school to be selected as a presenter,” says PDS Headmaster Lee Burns.  NAIS made these selections from over 550 proposals that were submitted. “I think it demonstrates the excellence and innovation of PDS and the strong reputation we enjoy nationally as an independent school.”

Several thousand educators from leading independent schools around the country are expected to attend the conference.


On Friday, April 12, 2013, David Hoyt Montague was named Presbyterian Day School’s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus. David was part of the PDS Class of 1976 and currently serves as the Director of the Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR).

Prior to MTR, David served for two years (2005-2007) with Campus Crusade for Christ in East Asia. From 2000-2005, David was the Director of Service Over Self, an urban home-repair ministry in the Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis. 

From 1987-2000, David worked with Morgan Keegan & Co as an investment broker and managing director. David, a lifetime Memphian, graduated in 1986 from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a degree in Finance and from Memphis University School in 1982. 

David has been married to his wife Kelli for 20 years and they have five daughters: May, Annie, Ruthie, Mary Van and Joy. David enjoys time with his family and regular bike rides. “David leads by example with motivation and self-discipline.” This servant leader truly represents the goals, ideals, and imagination of Presbyterian Day School. 

This servant leader truly represents the goals, ideals, and imagination of Presbyterian Day School.


On theCalendar

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Apr
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Apr
Wednesday
Fellowship Hall at Presbyterian Day School
6:45 am - 8:00 am
For all dads • Breakfast or lunch sessions available • More Info

24
Apr
Wednesday
B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.

24
Apr
Wednesday
Fellowship Hall at Presbyterian Day School
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For all dads • Breakfast or lunch sessions available • More Info

25
Apr
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 am

25
Apr
Thursday
Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

26
Apr
Friday

Thank you to all the PDS faculty, boys, and parents for clipping Box Tops. Enjoy a Dress Down Day on Friday, April 26 for all your efforts this school year.

Since the inception of the program 10+ years ago, PDS has received over $29,600 from Box Tops for Education. That’s A LOT of Box Tops!

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