As the parent of one Pace student and four alumni, and as a classroom teacher, a member of our administrative team and a next-door neighbor, I interact daily with engaged and energized young people. A community of classmates, faculty, staff, and parents supports and loves each of these students. And when you know you’re loved, you’re free to THINK BIG.
Yes, our college-placement success and other statistics rank Pace among the nation's finest schools, our athletics and arts programs are second-to-none, and we’re creating innovators in the classroom and around the world. But what truly matters at Pace are the relationships created here—the day-to-day interactions that instill character and change lives.
I invite you to spend time with the Pace family. Make plans to visit our campus and tour our state-of-the-art facilities, interact with our students, observe our teachers, experience the depth of our programs and ask questions. Pace has been the best decision of my life, and I look forward to showing you why.
Head of School
The members of our administrative team bring diverse experiences and expertise to their leadership roles at Pace.
They are artists and athletes, musicians and mathematicians, coaches and teachers, scholars, philanthropists, world travelers and former business leaders. Their interests and skills vary, but they share a common love for their school home. Together, they strive to live Pace’s motto: To have the courage to strive for excellence.
Pace Academy Administrative Team:
Fred Assaf, Head of School
Syreeta Moseley, Head of Lower School
Graham Anthony, Head of Middle School
Michael Gannon, Head of Upper School
Sean Bryan, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
AJ Lashley, Chief Financial Officer
Paige Creasman, Chief Human Resources Officer
Jennifer McGurn, Director of Admissions
Heather White, Director of Advancement
Troy Baker, Director of Athletics
Jonathan Ferrell, Director of College Counseling
Caitlin Jones '00, Director of Communications
Joanne Brown, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Dave Fortier, Director of Facilities
Trish Anderson, Director of the Isdell Center for Global Leadership
Neil DeRosa, Technology Coordinator
Kaitlyn Fortier, Assistant to the Head of School
Elizabeth Correll Richards
Greg C. Kelly
Joseph L. Mathias, IV
|Thomas A. Bethel||Jessica Levenson '93|
|Cameron M. Bready||Jim Maske|
|Bruce Carroll||Joseph L. Mathias, IV|
|Steven J. DeFrancis||Ted McMullan|
|Mike Doheny||Bijon Memar|
|Daniel J. Ferry||Beatriz R. Perez|
|Reid T. Funston||Elizabeth Correll Richards|
|Charles B. Hastie||Bill Selmon|
|Dr. Michele M. Johnson||Rebecca S. Shepherd|
|Gregory C. Kelly||Sandeep Soni|
|Cara Isdell Lee '97||Natasha Swann|
|Wenke Lee||Richard Woodruff|
|Samuel E. Allen||Sanford H. Orkin|
|Rayna Casey||Daron Pair|
|Dr. Stephen A. Dawkins||Jack M. Pinkerton|
|Gregory A. Dexter||C. Mark Pirrung|
|Mark H. Dunaway||Haynes R. Roberts|
|Elisa Ezor||Stephen H. Rogers|
|Edward J. Festa||Mary H. Rushing|
|Paul R. Garcia||Garry K. Schaefer|
|Sybil C. Hadley||Jeffrey R. Seaman|
|C. Christopher Hagy||Robert Sheft|
|William F. Hartman||Edward L. Terry|
|Hugh M. Inman, Jr. '81||Thomas W. Tift, Jr.|
|John S. Inman '83||William C. Tyler|
|E. Neville Isdell||Timothy J. Walsh '81|
|Martha Kessler||John L. Watson, III|
|W. Lawrence M. Knox, Jr.||Charles G. Wellborn '83|
|Barbara Y. Lager||Melinda Wertheim|
|Rex M. Lamb, III||Edward L. White, Jr|
|Lila S. McAlpin '74||Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp|
|Edwin H. Mendel, Jr.||Robert A. Yellowlees|
|Arthur H. Metcalf, II|
|Richard H. Miller|
Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf has been described as a feverish multi-tasker who always makes time for students, parents, faculty and school events. Before coming to Pace in 2005, he served five years as principal at La Salle College High School in Philadelphia. He took the school through a strategic planning process, revamped the service learning program, and positioned La Salle as a regional model for wireless campuses and a national model for faculty laptop initiatives.
Fred enjoys working in an environment that values so many aspects of education. "Pace Academy is a school that understands that excellence is rooted in more than academics, athletics, arts and service," Fred says. "The experience of being known by your teachers, your classmates, your friends and their parents gives Pace students an edge."
Fred holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins, where he also played varsity football, and an M.Ed. from University of Virginia. He earned the 1992 Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the University of Virginia. Before becoming principal at La Salle, Fred served as a dean of faculty, taught English and coached lacrosse at Miller School of Albemarle. In addition, he has taught in three other independent schools and coached football, lacrosse and track. Fred earned the 2005 President's Medal from La Salle.
Fred loves spending time with his family. The Pennsylvania native and his wife, Martha, have five sons: three Pace alumnus and two current Pace students. Fred also enjoys basketball, golf, technology and community service.
For good reason, Fred is excited about the Pace faculty. "It is a tremendous honor to serve the Pace community alongside such a talented group of educators who are dedicated to their craft," he says. In addition to his duties as Head of School, Fred teaches an Upper School English class. "My classroom is a place where we can engage literature," he says. "We learn to understand the context of that literature and learn to write about literature. We stretch our learning about reading, writing and thinking in ways that benefit us for the rest of our lives."