This year PDS will be using a whole new approach to the admission process, and we’ve formed an “admission team” consisting of highly talented and motivated individuals working together to introduce the school to prospective families living in the greater Memphis community. The new “admission team” will consist of both familiar and new faces to PDS. Each team member will play a vital role in managing the admission experience of hundreds of families each year. I am thrilled to introduce this team today.
Jan Conder is moving from the position of Director of Admission, to become PDS’ Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. In this key role, she will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the school’s current student re-enrollment process, directing the day-to-day duties associated with the school’s financial aid program, and analyzing the vast amount of data associated with the admission, re-enrollment and financial aid processes.
PDS’ new Director of Admission is Rachel Bishop. Rachel comes to PDS from Grace-St. Luke’s School where she served as a teacher for six years and as interim director of admission during the 2012 school year. Rachel also taught for six years at St. George’s Independent School. She received her B.S. in Education at David Lipscomb University in Nashville and her M.S. in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis.
Rachel will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the school’s admission program. She will be representing the school at open houses, coordinating all campus visits, scheduling admission testing, and overseeing the marketing of PDS throughout the greater Memphis area. Rachel and her husband Louie are the parents of PDS sixth grader Turner and daughter Miller, an eighth grader at the Hutchison School.
Former PDS second-grade teacher Brooke Clement is moving from the classroom into the school’s admission office where she will serve as the Assistant Director of Admission. Brooke will work closely with Rachel Bishop and will assist in all aspects of the school’s admission program. Additionally, she will be responsible for developing an outreach program to help introduce PDS to businesses, churches, and realtors throughout Memphis and Shelby County.
In addition to his teaching and coaching duties, PDS fifth grade teacher McKee Humphreys is developing a student ambassador program that will provide PDS students with a variety of opportunities to serve the school and the admission program. Fifth and sixth graders will assist in the admission process by giving tours to visiting families and by serving on panels during open houses and other events such as Grandparents’ Day, the PDS Mentor Breakfast, the PDS Distinguished Alumni Luncheon and various other PDS gatherings.
Linda Douglas will continue to serve as PDS’ Admission Liaison. In this role she will manage the PDS Young Scholars Program and assist with all admission events and programs.
Mike Bullard, who also works in PDS’ communications office, will design and produce all advertisements, publications, and print materials that are used to market PDS to prospective families.
Lee Rantzow, PDS’ Director of Annual Giving and Public Relations, will work with traditional news outlets and utilize social media to share the incredible stories that are part of the PDS experience.
Having served in several outstanding schools around the country, I can say with confidence that our “admission team” is second to none.
I invite you to contact any member of the “admission team” if you know of someone who might be interested in learning more about PDS. I speak for the entire team when I say, “PDS wants the boy that you recommend.”