Dr. Pullen discovered a love of teaching and education while he was in graduate school, studying to get his PhD in Philosophy. At the same time, he was also working in the admissions office at Emory and recognized the disparity in education students entering the university had based on the high schools they’d attended. He wanted to be a part of closing that gap, so he joined Teach for America, where he taught English, Special Education, and served in the college advisory program.
While serving in the classroom, he learned he loved teaching and enjoyed being a part of making a difference in students’ lives. He came to Wesley as the Director of Culture and Discipline, which connected with all K-8 students. “I love working with students in a K-8 school,” he says. “It’s fun to watch kids grow up year to year. Students I knew in Kindergarten are now in 4th grade!”
When Wesley’s leadership team restructured, Dr. Pullen found a home in the MYP Assistant Principal role, serving our 6-8th grade students and families. He cares deeply about the ways teaching prepares students for their futures. “Our work as educators isn’t about mastering standards, but about equipping students for the world ahead of them. It’s about helping them grow in professionalism, become civic and ethically-minded, and opening their minds to the interconnected global world in which they live. Data is important, but each student is someone with a story and a future.”
Dr. Pullen likes getting outside in the mountains to hike when he’s not at school. He enjoys spending time with his family, including his three kids, one aged 7 and 5 year old twins. We are glad to have Dr. Pullen on our Wesley team!