Mrs. Elizabeth Pham
When Lower School Head Elizabeth Pham joined the ESA faculty as assistant to kindergarten teacher Sandra Thompson in 2009, the Lower School was still housed at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. In her first year at ESA, she taught the Class of 2022.
The following fall, the new Lafayette Campus opened and Mrs. Pham became a kindergarten teacher. For the past 13 years, she has taken on a number of roles at the Lower School, from academic duties to musical assistance.
In 2015, she moved from the classroom to the Learning Center to support students as a Reading Specialist. Three years later, she took over as Director of the Learning Center.
Along the way, Mrs. Pham has added to her education as well as her experience. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Public Communications from UL Lafayette, she has a certification in Early Childhood Education and an M.Ed. in Gifted Education. She holds certifications as a Reading Specialist, and is in the final stages of earning certification in Educational Leadership. Add to all of that her experiences as the parent of two ESA Lower School students, and it’s easy to see why faculty members appreciate the experience and expertise she brings to the role of Lower School Head.
“Having worked in so many positions in the Lower School, I’m excited to bring my experiences to leadership,” says Mrs. Pham. “My knowledge as a parent and a teacher are assets that I can use to support teachers in their professional development and to relate to our families as they make their way through our program.”
After living through the restrictions that developed during the pandemic, Mrs. Pham is looking forward to reestablishing parent-classroom connections in the community. She and her teachers will look for ways to intentionally provide more opportunities for parent participation, and she has plans to invite parents to campus to hear about the Lower School’s programs and the philosophies behind them.