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Pace Academy Welcomes Moseley as Head of Lower School

Pace Academy has named Syreeta D. Moseley its sixth Head of Lower School following an extensive nationwide search.

Moseley comes to Pace Academy from the Atlanta Speech School, where she held multiple positions over a 16-year period. She most recently served as curriculum specialist for the school’s Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Moseley received a Bachelor of Science in Learning Disabilities and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Special Education and Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona. She holds certifications in multiple multisensory learning, special education and elementary education programs.

Moseley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. She was a lead third-grade teacher for 10 years; she is an expert in the development and implementation of multisensory learning and research-based curriculum; and she provided professional development, training and evaluation to educators throughout Georgia.

“Syreeta Moseley is known throughout the education community for her integrity, commitment to academic excellence, extensive knowledge of childhood development, empathy and wonderful sense of humor,” says Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf.

“Our search committee reached out to Moseley because her background as a lead classroom teacher and school leader – combined with her focus on individualized education and parent- teacher collaboration – is exactly what we were looking for in our new Head of Lower School. I commend the members of our search committee for their diligent work. We feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a perfect fit for Pace and look forward to welcoming the Moseley family into the Pace family this summer.”

Moseley believes that it is essential for students to have access to an education that will prepare them academically, motivate them intrinsically and cause them to recognize that their contributions are needed in the world. “When students feel safe, are encouraged to share their opinions without the judgment of others and have parent(s) who are actively involved in their lives, authentic learning takes place,” she says.

Throughout the search process, Pace Academy’s mission to create prepared, confident citizens of the world resonated with Moseley. “In order to be effective citizens, children must learn not only

how to read, write and problem solve, but also how to understand, interpret and respond to the emotions of others,” she says. “It is rare to find a school like Pace that is so intentional about preparing students for whatever journeys they may experience. I love that Pace combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a nurturing environment to develop the whole child, and I’m thrilled to join the Pace community.”

Moseley will oversee a student body of approximately 370 and a faculty of more than 60. She succeeds Head of Lower School Anna Valerius, who has served Pace Academy for 31 years – 13 as a classroom teacher and 18 as Head of Lower School. “For nearly two decades, it has been my great pleasure to greet students every morning at the Randall House front door,” says Valerius. “Just as I've welcomed these students to the Pace family, I'm excited to welcome Moseley into what will soon be her second home. I feel confident entrusting the next generation of Pace Lower School students to her care and am excited about what the future holds for the school under Moseley's leadership.”

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