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Sadie Burbank

Sadie Burbank

Class of 2008
Director of Alumni Relations

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Welcome Back Paideia Alumni

This section of the Paideia website was designed with you in mind! We hope our website allows you to continue to make lifelong connections among our Paideia alumni family. Alumni are always welcome to visit Paideia. In fact, we encourage it! Interested in volunteering with students? Want to root a team on to victory? Find out what is going on through our calendar of events, be sure to update your contact information on the Connect page and check out the Volunteer page to get involved! Alumni are important to Paideia. There is always a place for you here.

Recent News

Paideia Alumnus Emory Brittain Award Recipient

During his time at Emory University's School of Medicine, Paideia alumnus, Alan Amedi '15 prioritized service and leadership while maintaining a demanding academic load and engaging in research and scholarship. In the Spring of 2024 Alan was named the graduate student recipient of the Marion Luther Brittain Award, considered the highest honor presented to an Emory University student.

AJC Journalist and Alumnus Visits Campus

In January, students gathered in the Art Lobby to explore the power of creativity and diversity. Stephanie Brown, our 2024 Cecelia Caines Artist-in-Residence, spoke with Gavin Godfrey ‘02, the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Diversity and Culture Writer, about amplifying diverse voices through art and media. Stephanie shared her artistic journey and discussed how art can be used to spark conversations about important issues. Gavin spoke about his experiences navigating the media landscape and how he has been able to spark similar conversations as a writer. Thank you both for an incredible visit!

A Day of Service on Campus

The third annual Alumni Service Day was one to remember! This special day fostered community engagement, togetherness and social responsibility. Thank you to Junior High and High School families for your clothing donations to the Gateway Center, an incredible organization whose mission is to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. We are so grateful to our alumni classes '78-'21 who came out to assemble snack packs with Elementary students on Friday, November 3, 2023. Congratulations to the Alumni Advisory Council (AAC) on planning this amazing day of service with our community!


Visit with Representative Inga Willis '94

During a Monday Morning Meeting in October, we had the honor of welcoming Representative Inga Willis '94 back to campus. Inga spoke with High School students about her experience as a Paideia student and how it prepared her for greatness. During her talk, Inga encouraged students to appreciate the unique learning opportunities available at Paideia and to use what they learn to not only be active and informed citizens, but also to be leaders and game changers in our world. Inga also presented Head of School Tom Taylor with a resolution commending the Paideia School for "its many wonderful contributions on behalf of the youth of this state." Thank you for speaking with and inspiring our students, Inga!

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Paideia Alumna Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40  

Congratulations to Dr. Zerita Buchanan '06 on her 40 Under 40 nomination from the Atlanta Business Chronicle! Troubled by the statistic that African-Americans make up 13.6% of the US population, but only 3.8% of the dental workforce, Dr. Zerita C. Buchanan launched the “Dental Dreams, LLC - Dental Assisting School” to further diversify the dental workforce and provide under-represented minority students with the economic mobility needed to apply to dental school.

Welcome Tom Taylor, Head of School

On July 5, 2023 we welcomed Tom Taylor as Paideia's new Head of School. Tom comes to us from the Riverdale Country School where he served as the head of their upper school. We are excited to get to know Tom and his family better as they join our community. Learn more here as Tom joins the community in our love of learning and makes this job a dream come true!