Pace Academy has announced that Graham W. Anthony
will become its third Head of Middle School, effective June 1, 2017.
Anthony is a familiar face within the Pace Academy community. He began teaching sixth-grade history in 2009 and has since served as sixth-grade honor chair and eighth-grade boys dean; coached football, baseball and wrestling; and guided students around the world through Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership
. He currently teaches eighth-grade history and is Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life.
As Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life, Anthony has implemented a student advisory system and Athlete of the Week program, served as Middle School athletic director and coordinated spirit events. He received the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest honor given to a Pace Academy faculty member.
A native of Wellesley, Mass., Anthony was The Roxbury Latin School’s valedictorian and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in history from Emory University. He went on to earn a Master of Philosophy with a concentration in early modern history from the University of Dublin’s Trinity College. Prior to his arrival at Pace Academy, he taught ninth-grade history and sixth-grade Latin at St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park, Fla., and served as a teaching assistant at the McLean Center for Autism in Belmont, Mass.
“In his seven years at Pace, Graham Anthony has become a beloved member of the Middle School faculty and our school community as a whole,” says Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf. “He is known for his integrity, energy, sense of humor, innate judgment, high academic standards and ability to connect with students in meaningful ways. We did not have to look far to find the leader who will continue to strive for excellence in the Garcia Family Middle School, someone who is committed to developing the whole child and to our mission: To create prepared, confident citizens of the world.”
“I am humbled, honored and excited to carry the torch that [retiring Head of Middle School] John Anderson has held so brilliantly,” Anthony says. “I am taking the reins of a program that is already decidedly in a great place, and I’m excited to work with the faculty I have come to know so well and respect so much over the years. My goals moving forward are to maintain the safe, loving and challenging feel of the Middle School, while continuing to find ways to become even better at what we do. We want our programs to continue to grow in breadth and reach, we want our academics to continue to stretch our students, and we want to continue to produce the finest young men and women that we possibly can.”
Anthony will oversee a student body of approximately 280 students and a 47-member faculty. He succeeds John Anderson, who has served Pace Academy for 12 years, the culmination of more than four decades in education.
“Graham Anthony and I have worked closely together for seven years and share deeply held beliefs about middle-school education,” Anderson says. “A brilliant scholar, a masterful teacher, an inspirational coach, a judicious administrator, a wise leader and a wonderful role model, he is the perfect fit to lead the Middle School, and I know he will do so with vision and purpose. I look forward to working in partnership with Graham throughout the year to ensure the smoothest possible transition.”Learn more about Mr. Anthony.