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.

| Friday, 15 May 2020 |

Celebrating Mrs. Diaz

Today PDS celebrates Mrs. Beth Diaz. For 34 incredible years, Mrs. Diaz has known, nurtured, and loved PDS boys. Throughout these years, Mrs. Diaz set high expectations for her students and has consistently modeled loyalty and life-long learning for her colleagues. No matter her role, Mrs. Diaz embraced hard work, determination, and excellence. The impact Mrs. Diaz has had on PDS is immeasurable. Congratulations, Mrs. Diaz, on your retirement!

Please join us in conveying to her our gratitude for her service and friendship.

| Friday, 15 May 2020 |

Celebrating Mrs. Nabers

Today PDS celebrates Mrs. Jean Nabers. During her fabulous 37 year career at PDS, she has consistently demonstrated faithfulness while embracing multiple roles over the years. Her pursuit of excellence, unbelievable work ethic, and love of boys has significantly shaped and strengthened our students and community. Congratulations, Mrs. Nabers, on your retirement!

Please join us in conveying to her our gratitude for her service and friendship.

| Wednesday, 22 April 2020 |

Motsey Hudson Speech Contest

The Motsey Hudson Speech Contest will continue virtually!

Sixth-grade boys will be spending the next two weeks in ELA class making final revisions to their previously drafted speeches. On May 8, each boy will upload a video of his speech performance for teachers to view. As is our usual custom, a team of PDS teachers will review the speeches and select finalists.

The finalists’ speeches will be shared with three independent judges who will select the winner and runner-up. The runner-up will present his speech during Class Day, and the winner will present his speech at Graduation. Specific details regarding video presentation will be shared with the students early next week.

We look forward to embracing this unique format this year!

Dear Elementary Parents,

One of my favorite picture books is a story called A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. In this book, the principal was so proud of all the teaching and learning happening within the school walls that he decided students should come to school on weekends, holidays, and even during the summer! As you can imagine, both children and teachers became very worried. After some time on this new schedule, a small student helped the principal realize that children do need to learn valuable things at school, but they also have valuable things to learn at home. A balance of the two is necessary. It didn’t take long for the principal to reverse his decision!

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

I pray this email finds you healthy and hunkering down at home. As we continue into our first full week of distance learning, we are very ready to see our students and interact with them face-to-face. On Wednesday at 11:00am, we will be using Google Meet to have an initial homeroom meeting with all the boys. Then, for the remainder of the week we will be meeting with the boys in scheduled, shortened classes for ELA and math. Initially, we will prioritize helping the boys understand Google Meet features, take a moment for social interaction, troubleshoot any technology or curricular issues, and provide a bit of instruction. Once we feel all boys have adjusted to this format, our focus will become more instructional.

Dear 5th and 6th Grade Parents,

I pray this email finds you healthy and hunkering down at home. As we move into our first full week of distance learning, we are very ready to see our students and interact with them face-to-face. This week we will be using Google Meet to meet with students in shortened sessions. Initially, we will prioritize helping the boys understand Google Meet features, take a moment for social interaction, troubleshoot any technology or curricular issues, and provide a bit of instruction. As the week progresses, our focus will become more instructional.

Dear Elementary Parents,

We teach our boys to be Bold Adventurers in life, and now it seems we all have an opportunity to be bold as we adjust to a new adventure in teaching and learning. While PDS is quite comfortable with the use of technology as a classroom tool, distance learning is new territory for us all. Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we work to balance the health of our community and the pursuit of academics.

Here is an overview of what you can expect while we conduct school from home.

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.

| Wednesday, 26 September 2018 |

PDS Boys Recognized in BRACE Art Contest

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
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!
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