Pam Mandigo

Head of School and Teacher of History and Social Studies

Pam brings a passion for outdoor education and extensive classroom experience to her work at Belle Meade.

A jack of all trades, Pam came to teaching circuitously. She earned her BA in Theater from Eastern Mennonite University, and after graduating, went on a long and rambling journey involving goat farming, professional cooking, and theater directing and writing, among other things. During this time she was a Playwriting Fellow at the prestigious MacDowell Artist Colony in New Hampshire. She stumbled into teaching quite by accident, fell in love, and completed her teacher training through the MARC program at the University of Michigan. She has taught across a variety of age levels and content areas: forest preschool, middle school math and science, high school English, and theater for all ages. Whether teaching in rural Virginia or Detroit, MI, her favorite part of the job is watching students grow in confidence and grace as they take on bigger and bigger challenges. She is currently working to complete the AMI/NAMTA Adolescent Orientation, so she can better anchor her work in the Upper School in Montessori pedagogy.

When not at school, you can find her working in the garden, fermenting things, hiking with Jonathan and Zadie, and reading dystopian novels.