Teachers Award Fund


You can give them more than just a paycheck.

Teachers Fund

They’re fully invested in our boys.
Let’s fully invest in them.

The Teachers Award Fund at PDS

Dedicated teachers are the heart and soul of our school. Every day (and many nights) they go the extra mile. They’re masters at engaging students and facilitating learning. And, even though they’re already among the best, they seize every opportunity to learn more about the art and craft of educating young minds.

Doing more for our teachers

Over the last three years we have been able to increase faculty and staff salaries only up to 3% where merited. But that’s not enough for exceptional professionals. A growing number of schools around the country have monetary awards for teachers. If we are to continue to recruit and retain the best teachers, we must join their ranks. Plus, we need to fund opportunities for our teachers to continue honing their skills.

Retaining our teachers

Our Board of Trustees has created a special task force to fund ten annual merit-based monetary rewards for our most dedicated teachers. Each award will need an endowment of $100,000. We already have our first two: the Dewitt Shy, Jr. Faculty Award, and another yet to be named award. In 2017, the Dewitt Shy, Jr. Faculty Award went to Shari Caruthers, a wonderful teacher who was recognized for her exemplary work ethic.

Teachers Award Fund


Only eight awards to go

Please consider making a gift. If you endow the whole award, the award can be named in honor of a family member, past mentor or someone who greatly influenced you or your children or grandchildren. With your gift, you’ll help us give dedicated teachers what they deserve.

For more information

Call McKee Humphreys, Director of Development at (901) 842-4602 or email: mhumphreys@pdsmemphis.org.


Steve Hancock - Advancing Our Mission

Read Advancing Our Mission, Headmaster Steve Hancock's article that describes elements of our Strategic Initiatives:

Advancing Our Mission

Strategic Initiatives


Presbyterian Day School strives to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. (1 Corinthians 10:31 and Luke 2:52)

How can we be even more mindful of our mission? An organization's mission statement often changes to meet the needs of each era, but at Presbyterian Day School, our mission statement has been unchanged since 1949. Our mission is at the heart of our Strategic Initiatives which focus our fund-raising around three core elements: Young Scholars, Teachers, and our Building Boys, Making Men program.