Princeton Day School is pleased to announce two new Lower School Department Chairs. These new positions are the result of Head of Lower School Dr. Sandy Wang's ongoing work to ensure that the PDS Lower School experience continues in the forefront of teaching and learning programs regionally and across the country. Casey Upson, a valued member of the PDS faculty since 2014, has been appointed the LS Language Arts Chair, while Anne Louise Ennis joins PDS as the LS Math Chair.
Ms. Upson received her BA from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Master of Education and Curriculum Development degree with a focus as a Literacy Specialist. At PDS, she has ably served as the Lower School Reading Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator and Coordinator of the Learning Center at PDS. She has skillfully managed multiple responsibilities, including supporting all LS faculty in curriculum initiatives in literacy, leading professional development opportunities for her fellow faculty members, managing all LS student academic caseloads and evaluations and collaborating with the Middle School Learning Specialist and faculty to ensure a smooth student transition between divisions. Upson also serves as an Adjunct Professor at The College of New Jersey, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of literacy across curricula in the K-6 classroom.
Ms. Ennis, who received her BA from Williams College, also holds two Masters of Science in Education degrees from Bank Street College of Education, in Childhood General Education and Leadership in Mathematics Education. She comes to PDS from the Bank Street School for Children in New York City, where she currently serves as a math specialist. Prior to Bank Street, she was a lower school math coordinator at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn for grades K-4. Ennis has been teaching for 17 years.
In their new positions, both Upson and Ennis will be responsible for overseeing their respective programs for PreK through 4th Grade. This will include reviewing and overseeing curricula, pedagogy and instruction, collaborating with faculty and leadership to provide differentiated learning, coaching teachers, connecting with the Middle School faculty to help ensure continuity, and working with School leaders to forward the vision for language arts and math programming.
As part of the new structure, the Lower School will also bring on a new LS School Psychologist who will be responsible for coordination of the Learning Center and Lower School Student Services. The hiring process is underway for this new position.
Dr. Wang is excited about her faculty team and the trajectory of the Lower School. “It has been so exciting for me to get into classrooms to see the magic happen between and amongst teachers and students this year. Additionally, the conversations about curriculum and instructional pedagogy in which we have been engaging as a faculty are both invigorating and illuminating. The phrase 'it takes a village' is especially true in schools, where much of the work happens in the collaborative planning and preparation periods outside of school hours. I am thrilled to be able to build a team of experienced and thoughtful educators who will help lead the Lower School in the area of curriculum development and programmatic vision.”