Mrs. Moseley Honored To Lead Lower School
It’s hard to describe the degree of dedication to education that the new head of the Pace Lower School, Mrs. Syreeta Moseley, has. “I feel honored to be in this position because I believe it is a great responsibility to oversee the ins and outs of a school,” she said. “There are so many people that are in a school, and I have a responsibility to all of them.” Mrs. Moseley’s passion for aiding students in their education and her keen ability to develop relationships with parents and faculty make her a perfect fit for her new position.
A native of Rockford, Ill., Mrs. Moseley can relate to experiences in her past that have shaped her to be an educator. “In high school, I was always the one to help my friends with their homework assignments,” she said. “They always wanted my notes to take down when they didn’t go to class. I have always enjoyed helping my friends learn.” Mrs. Moseley’s focus on her own studies was a huge reason for her success as a student.
Her academic excellence propelled her to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. During her undergraduate years, Mrs. Moseley already had a career path in mind. “Originally, I thought I wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “All of my awards and accomplishments were in the sciences and math.” She aspired to be a pediatrician and she reached out to other physicians to find out more about the job. Mrs. Moseley’s main interest in pediatrics was the opportunity to develop relationships with children and their families. But social connections didn’t play a large role in the job, according to the physicians that she consulted. “It really got me thinking,” said Mrs. Moseley. “What could I do in life that would allow me to work with children, support them in their lives and establish relationships with them and their families?”
Mrs. Moseley discovered a learning disabilities program at Northwestern that focuses on the study of children and methods of educating them. “I was fascinated with this program because I got to study the brain of a child and how it functions and develops,” said Mrs. Moseley. “The information that we gathered was used to review and study how we teach children.” After receiving her Masters degree from the University of Arizona, Mrs. Moseley went on to work at the Atlanta Speech School for the next sixteen years. During her time there, she worked as a third grade teacher for ten years and then a learning specialist for a neighboring program called the Rollins Center. There, she helped implement a new reading curriculum that provided support for students to reach literacy goals.
Mrs. Moseley left the Atlanta Speech School to come to Pace. “I felt this opportunity at Pace was just the next step for me,” she said. “I held multiple positions at Atlanta Speech School and I had many responsibilities such as mentoring teachers, introducing a new curriculum and meeting people outside of the school for academic purposes. The skills I have acquired and experiences I have had were great preparation for this role.” Since becoming the lower school head, Mrs. Moseley says her favorite aspect of Pace is the “sense of community.”
Mrs. Moseley comes home to her husband, Craig, her 10-year-old daughter, Raina ’22, and her four-year-old son, Coleson. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, dancing and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to having a wonderful time while guiding the Lower School through a successful academic year.