PDS Upper School history teacher Christian Rhodes has been appointed as Acting Head of Upper School, a role he will officially begin at the end of the school year. A consummate educator and scholar who graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Educational Administration and its School of Law, Princeton University, and the Hill School, Rhodes joined the Princeton Day School faculty in 2014.
“Chris is a master teacher of wide-ranging interests who has been instrumental in several of our school's recent, vitally important initiatives – including our re-accreditation process through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which he chaired, and the redesign of the Tenth Grade History and English curricula,” noted Head of School Paul J. Stellato. “He has served as a member of Academic Affairs, advised our highly successful Mock Trial team and is a member of this year’s Strengths and Needs Assessment Task Force, which has undertaken a comprehensive review of the PreK-12 curriculum. Our school is fortunate to be able to call on him at this time.”
Rhodes is excited about his new role. “Having spent the last six years at PDS, I care about this community,” he shared. “Strong relationships with students, faculty, administrators and families have created a wonderful environment for me to work and grow. As Acting Head of Upper School, I will strive to maintain and deepen the school's commitment to nurturing its members. I can't wait to give back to the community that has given so much to me.”
As the school year concludes, Acting Head of Upper School Rhodes will succeed Trixie Sabundayo, who has served as Upper School Head for the past two years and who will become Head of the Senior School at Pittsburgh's Shady Side Academy. “In her brief time with us, she has focused her time and talents in several key areas, most notably student transition into the Ninth Grade, and the school's efforts to sustain and expand its deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In both of these endeavors, she has been an able guide and partner,” Mr. Stellato reflected.
Both Rhodes and Sabundayo have the community’s thanks and well wishes as they embark on their new chapters.