- School Life
The Pembroke Hill School community congratulates Dr. Siabhan May-Washington, assistant upper school principal for professional development, on her appointment as president of St. Teresa’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school located in the Brookside area. The appointment is effective for the 2019-20 school year.
“I have known Siabhan for 17 years,” said PHS head of school Dr. Steve Bellis, “and she is a woman of great integrity and purpose. I wish her the best in her new role at St. Teresa’s, and I thank her for her service to our school.”
“I am so proud that I have had the privilege to work at Pembroke Hill in various capacities,” Siabhan said. “The teaching and leadership opportunities that I have held at Pembroke Hill have, without a doubt, prepared me for my next level of leadership.”
“I’m very happy for Siabhan,” said Mike Hill, upper school principal. “She is the consummate professional, and well-respected by colleagues, students and parents for her knowledge and skill. I know she will do an amazing job at St. Teresa’s.”
Siabhan joined Pembroke Hill in 2003 as an upper school English teacher. In 2005, she was appointed English department chair and, in 2013, became the upper school assistant principal for faculty development.
Before coming to Pembroke Hill, Siabhan taught English and coordinated the International Baccalaureate/Advanced Studies program for Lincoln College Preparatory School. She also served as an English teacher at the Anderson Alternative School. Both schools are in Kansas City, Mo.
At PHS, Siabhan led the upper school’s multi-year homework study, facilitated faculty growth and renewal efforts, including the evaluation process. She was also responsible for planning many of the faculty meetings and professional development activities during late start days. Siabhan was Pembroke Hill’s representative for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, served on accreditation teams for other independent schools and chaired Pembroke Hill committees.
“Pembroke Hill has been immensely supportive of my individual professional development leadership goals,” Siabhan said. “I’ve had the opportunity to attend extensive leadership trainings and conferences that have truly equipped me and solidified my expertise in educational leadership.”
She holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Baker University, a master’s degree in English curriculum and instruction from UMKC, a second master’s degree in education administration from Park University and a bachelor’s degree in English from UMKC. Siabhan is currently an adjunct professor for Park University’s Teacher Leadership in Urban Education master’s program.
“I owe so much of my success to a beloved village of family supporters and members of the Pembroke Hill community,” Siabhan said. “I am thankful for all the special students, families and colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to work. My husband Rick and I are immensely grateful to all the PHS teachers who have taught our children: Brandon ’17, Lauren ’18, and Taryn, third grader.”
She continued, “I am so very excited for my new role as president of STA as I will have the opportunity to assume a new level of leadership in a faith-filled community dedicated exclusively to educating and empowering young women. However, it is bittersweet to leave Pembroke Hill. PHS will always have a very special place in my heart.”
In the coming months, Mike will begin the process of identifying and interviewing applicants to fill the assistant upper school principal position.
Once again, congratulations Siabhan. We wish you the very best in the next chapter in your career.