Laura and Spyro Karetsos

Accelerate Pace Donor Spotlight

The Karetsos family joined the Pace Academy community in 2017, after relocating from Pennsylvania. “We visited a few different schools for our three boys, and we all agreed that Pace was the best fit,” Pace parent Spyro Karetsos shares. 

His wife, Laura, explains, “We were impressed with the high academic standards, the school spirit and the many extracurricular opportunities.” This year, the Karetsos’ two older sons, Evan ’21 and Niko ’23, are in Upper School, while their youngest, Alex ’28, is in fifth grade.

As new Pace parents, the couple’s goal was to participate in different aspects of the school. Spyro quickly became involved with the Booster Club and running Lower School lacrosse. Laura is a grade rep this year, as well as a varsity lacrosse team mom and active Parents Club volunteer.

“Whether it is giving a monetary donation or giving your time to volunteer, having every family involved brings us closer to creating the school community we desire,” Spyro says. “By working together with an attitude of giving, we can create amazing opportunities for our students and the teachers and staff.”

Now, the Accelerate Pace campaign has offered the family a new way to engage, and they are enthusiastic about playing a role in its success. Spyro says, “Accelerate Pace will complete Pace’s beautiful campus with new, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced opportunities for students.”

Laura explains that the campaign value “Accelerate Giving” resonates with them. “It means getting involved at Pace and giving in whatever ways you can,” she says.

She notes, “Evan and Niko benefited greatly from the already completed projects at the Middle and Upper Schools. We felt it was important to give to the Accelerate Pace campaign to ensure future students would have the perfect place to learn and grow as citizens of the world.”

In the COVID-19 era, the couple appreciates Pace more than ever. “We are so thankful for Pace at this unprecedented time,” Laura says. “We thank everyone for the time and effort that has gone into making the school year a success and are grateful that Pace continues to be focused on preparing students for the future.”