Head of School's Message
Welcome to Phoenix Country Day School
Setting foot on the Phoenix Country Day School campus for the first time, one cannot help but notice the beauty of the well-manicured grounds against the breathtaking backdrop of the Praying Monk and Camelback Mountain.
In the fall of 1960, Mae Sue Talley, a transplant to Arizona from Connecticut with a pioneering spirit, was told by the principal of their local public school that her children were at least a year ahead of their classmates, though they had been in session only a week. After briefly considering sending them back east to school, Mae Sue, who had long-since fallen in love with the magic of the desert, decided on another course of action: Along with other determined and forward-thinking citizens, she established in Phoenix a quality independent school of their own.
More than a half-century later, Phoenix Country Day School has evolved into a distinct model of educational excellence, reflecting the unique culture of the region. Our students, under the guidance of an expert faculty and staff, compare to the best and brightest from any independent school in the country. And our alumni are making a difference—and making us proud—all over the world.
Please see this as my invitation to all of you. Come to our School, walk our campus, and get to know our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I know you will like what you see.
Head of School
Gay Firestone Wray Chair for Leadership
M.A., Stanford University
- Education Administration and Policy Analysis
B.A., Columbia University
- Political Science
Friends Academy, North Dartmouth, MA
- Headmaster and Coach
St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Charlottesville, VA
- Head of Upper School and Teacher
St. Albans School, Washington, D.C.
- Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
- Dean of Students