On March 12, Head of School Paul Stellato shared news of the appointment of Dr. Sandra Wang as the Head of Lower School, inviting the community to "join me in welcoming Sandy Wang to our School. With you, I look forward to her many successes, and those of the faculty and students whom she will both lead and serve." Sandy will begin her tenure at PDS in July.
Prior to her appointment as Lower School Head at PDS, Dr. Wang built an impressive career in school leadership through her educational focus and her work as a teacher and administrator at some outstanding independent schools in New York City. Dr. Wang earned a B.S. in psychology from Barnard College and completed a master's program in early childhood education at New York University, Steinhardt School of Education. She earned two degrees at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College, Columbia University: a master's and doctoral degree in educational leadership. In 1999, she began her classroom work co-teaching a fourth grade section at Dalton School, and, within two years, earned an appointment as Middle School Math Coordinator and head teacher in the fourth grade. In 2006, she moved from Dalton School to Trevor Day School, where, for six years, she was the Lower School Division Assistant Director, advisor to the fifth grade math club, and Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee Chair. In 2012, Dr. Wang joined Trinity School as the Assistant Principal of Lower School. For the past two years, she has been Interim Principal of Lower School at Trinity.
Dr. Wang has also applied her skills to educational consulting work in addition to her full-time school duties. For almost fifteen years, she has served as an English consultant to the Kuang Tien General Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan, designing and teaching lessons and administering assessments to more than 500 hospital employees in its English language training program. During the same time period, she has been a curriculum consultant to the Hung Kuang University Department of Early Childhood Education in Taichung. For four years, beginning in 2006, she was a consultant to the Grow Network of McGraw Hill Company, providing in-depth guides for school leaders and web tools for the media and the general public.
A national presence in the independent school world, Dr. Wang has presented at the National Association of Independent School's People of Color Conference in 2006 and 2007. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Asian American Educators' Alliance and the Asian/Pacific Islanders-Changing Independent Schools.
Princeton Day School is excited that Dr. Wang will join the PDS Leadership Team this summer as Head of Lower School. From a pool of more than 125 prospects, including roughly 40 school leaders, most of whom were sitting lower school heads and current or former heads of school, the search committee identified 13 semi-finalist candidates, four of whom became finalists. Associate Head of School Lisa Surace and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life and Middle School Head Renée Price co-chaired the search committee, which ensured opportunities for faculty, staff and parents to meet the finalists, among many other search committee responsibilities.
In accepting her position as Head of Lower School at PDS, Dr. Wang stated, "I am thrilled to be joining the PDS community and looking forward to participating in the magic that happens as young children discover their place in the world around them. From my visits to the School earlier this winter, I know that PDS is a special place, filled with joyful children, talented educators and families who care. I look forward to being a part of the PDS story and am proud to be a Panther!"
Acknowledging outgoing Lower School Head Alesia Klein, Mr. Stellato remarked, "I could not be more thankful for the efforts of Lower School Head Alesia Klein. For countless students and their parents, Alesia Klein has been the Lower School, and, as she returns in the fall to our Middle School as a member of the math department, she carries with her our good wishes. Having been fortunate to serve in her distinguished company, I envy her students the experience they are about to have."
- Melanie Shaw