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Administrator Bios

Howard Graham, Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men

As an active follower of Jesus, Howard serves as husband, father, advisor, teacher, mentor, and coach.

Howard joined PDS in 2018 as a Chaplain and the Exective Director of the Building Boys, Making Men program.

Prior to joining the school, he serves as President of Performance Media for Wunderman North America and President of Wunderman Memphis. Wunderman is one of the world’s leading digital marketing agencies, employing 7,000 people worldwide. At Wunderman, Howard lead all aspects of the digital media optimization business including leadership development, product and service development, and business development.

Prior to Wunderman, Howard served in several executive roles including President of First Horizon’s Consumer Direct business. He also had the opportunity to lead several startups with his first being an advertising and publishing business while he was still in college at Ole Miss.

He is an active leader and volunteer. In addition to serving as a former Board Chairman for PDS, he serves as an Elder at Second Presbyterian Church, and a member of the advisory board for Nathan Street Ministries. He also serves as teacher of an adult Sunday school class, as small group leader, and works to mentor others. He regularly leads others on trips around the world to serve and spread the Gospel of Jesus.

He and his wife Kimberley have four children, Elijah, Lilly, James, and Parker.

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McKee Humphreys, Assistant Head of School for Advancement

McKee Humphreys serves as Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, one of the leading independent schools for boys.

McKee, a native Memphian, attended PDS and went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi with a degree in finance in 2005. He initially pursued a career in finance, first working at Morgan Keegan as a financial advisor and then at Silverleave Capital in client relations, operations, and business development. In 2009, his career changed course when he decided to follow God's call to pursue a career in education. He trained with the Memphis Teacher Residency, a Christian organization that trains and recruits teachers to work in urban schools in Memphis. McKee completed his Masters in Urban Education and then taught history at The Soulsville Charter School in south Memphis and also worked as an administrator at Cornerstone Prep in Binghampton.

McKee was thrilled to return to PDS as a social studies teacher in 2014. He not only enjoyed the opportunity to further develop his teaching practice, but also to have the opportunity to coach boys' basketball, soccer, and cross country. In 2016, he moved into the role of Director of Development and was named Assistant Head of School for Advancement in 2019.

You can find McKee pushing jogging strollers all over the city of Memphis; he loves running, connecting people, and spending time with his family .

McKee is married to Courtney, and they have three children: Tucker (current PDS student), Heloise, and Annie.

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Rachel Bishop, Director of Admission

Rachel Bishop serves as Director of Admission at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, one of the leading independent schools for boys.

Rachel joined PDS in the summer of 2015. She has spent time in the classroom as well as in administration at other independent schools in the area. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University and a Masters degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis.

Her passions outside the classroom include spending time with her family and SEC football. She is married to PDS alum, Louie, and has two children, Miller and Turner.

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Laura Glenn, Head of Elementary School

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.

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Dennis Smith, Director of Athletics and Operations

Dennis Smith serves as Director of Athletics and Operations at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) of Memphis, TN, one of the largest elementary boys’ schools in the country.

Dennis, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He began his career at PDS in 1987, spending the last 29 years teaching, coaching and mentoring students.


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Steve Hancock, Headmaster

Steve Hancock serves as headmaster of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), a private Christian school serving boys aged two-years through sixth grade in Memphis. He has served as headmaster since 2014.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hancock graduated from Lawrence University and he earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Before being appointed as PDS Headmaster in 2014, he served as the Assistant Head of School for Academic Leadership and Head of Middle School at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Prior to Princeton Day School, Hancock was the Department Chair of the Performing Arts at Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Notably, while at Westminster, he developed Odyssey Atlanta, an educational non-profit that offers a summer program for students from economically disadvantaged communities.

An accomplished musician and Suzuki-trained violin instructor, Hancock performs on anything with strings and enjoys playing tennis.

He is married to Stephanie, and has two children, Emily and Clay.

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Cheryl Burkart, Director of Administrative Support

Cheryl is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She attended the University of Memphis. In 2008, she became Director of Administrative Support, coordinating logistical details throughout the school. She is the primary support for Headmaster, Steve Hancock. 

She supports Director of Operations and Athletics Director, Dennis Smith, with facilities and is the liaison between PDS and 2PC with scheduling facilities. She supports the Board of Trustees and the Martin Institute. Prior to starting at PDS, she was the co-owner of Fox Ridge Pet Resort boarding and grooming kennel. She is married to Ed Burkart and has two daughters. Mrs. Burkart enjoys reading, cooking, entertaining, traveling and attending sports events with her husband.

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Melissa Smith, Chief Information Officer

Melissa Smith serves as Chief Information Officer of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving boys from 2-years to 6th grade in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Jill Kauffman, Chief Financial Officer

Jill Kauffman serves as Chief Financial Officer at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) of Memphis, TN.  PDS is one of the country’s leading independent schools for boys. As Chief Financial Officer at PDS, she is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the school’s operations.

Jill graduated magna cum laude form the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. She has the certification of Certified Public Accountant. Jill began her career in Atlanta, Georgia, working first with the General Accounting Office that reports directly to Congress and subsequently with the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She transferred to Memphis in 1984 and continued her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has also held leadership positions with Banking Consultants of America and AccuShip as their Chief Financial Officer.

Jill enjoys painting, mosaics, gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her family.  She and her husband Mason are active members of Second Presbyterian Church and are the parents of Candice and Christian.

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Mark Fruitt, Principal of the Elementary Division

Mark Fruitt serves as Elementary Principal of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis.

Born and raised in Memphis, Fruitt earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Memphis. Before coming to PDS in 2004, he served as a teacher, head varsity boys basketball coach, assistant varsity football coach and Dean of Students at First Assembly Christian School. Also during this time, he served as director of the family life center at First Assembly of God Church.

Over the years Mark’s professional development has included Project Zero at Harvard, Leading Today’s Changing Middle School, the National Association of Independent School Conference, and many others. He has also attended numerous coaching clinics, including: Alabama, Penn State, Nebraska, and Indiana to name a few.

Mark was awarded the Most Valuable Teacher Award while teaching at First Assembly and earned coach of the year honors in 2000. Mark enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and reading. Mark is married to Amy and they have one daughter. They are members of Hope Presbyterian.

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  • Steve Hancock

    Steve Hancock

    Headmaster

    A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Steve has been headmaster of PDS since 2014.

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  • Debbie Todd

    Debbie Todd

    Head of Early Childhood

    With an extensive background in elementary and early childhood education, Debbie has been with PDS since 2005.

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  • Mark Fruitt

    Mark Fruitt

    Principal of the Elementary Division

    A native Memphian, Mark joined PDS in 2004 as a coach and still coaches teams at PDS.

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  • Laura Glenn

    Laura Glenn

    Head of Elementary School

    Laura began her career in the Admission office before becoming a classroom teacher, teaching 1st and 3rd grade.

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  • Jill Kauffman

    Jill Kauffman

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jill is responsible for all financial operations at PDS.

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  • Melissa Smith

    Melissa Smith

    Chief Information Officer

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  • Dennis Smith

    Dennis Smith

    Director of Athletics and Operations

    Dennis has 3 decades of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring students.

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  • Cheryl Burkart

    Cheryl Burkart

    Director of Administrative Support

    Prior to joining PDS, Cheryl was co-owner of Fox Ridge Pet Resort.

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  • Rachel Bishop

    Rachel Bishop

    Director of Admission

    Rachel joined PDS in the summer of 2015. She has spent time in the classroom as well as in administration at other independent schools in the area.

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  • McKee Humphreys '95

    McKee Humphreys '95

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement

    A native Memphian and alumnus of PDS, McKee left a career in finance to answer God's calling

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  • Howard Graham

    Howard Graham

    Chaplain and Executive Director of Building Boys, Making Men

    Having served as Chairman of our board and as a local business leader, Howard answered the call to join PDS in 2018.

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