Board of Trustees

Clairbourn's Board of Trustees is comprised of current and former parents, Clairbourn alumni, and educators who bring a wide rage of expertise and talents to their responsibilities in overseeing the school. Our trustees include the following individuals:
Livia Aryananda | Margaret Breazeal | Lucy Huang Chang | Debbie Chen | Dr. David Foltz | Bhart Manwani | Jane Marks

Our Leadership Team

Clairbourn has an outstanding and experienced administration who are professionally prepared, set high standards for students and their work, and provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment.  Meetings with school administrators are welcomed and encouraged.
Appointments to meet with any administrator can be arranged through the school's Administrative Assistant. Call 626-286-3108 x 111 or email

School Administration

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  • Dr. Amy Patzlaff

    Head of School
    In 2018, Dr. Patzlaff was chosen as Clairbourn's new Head of School from a national pool of impressive candidates after a very thorough search process. In Dr. Patzlaff, the school has found a passionate, enthusiastic, and dynamic leader.

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  • Janet Taylor

    Mrs. Janet Taylor is Clairbourn's Assistant Head of School overseeing Grades K-8. Mrs. Taylor holds a Master of Administrative Leadership degree, a Master of Education degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art. Mrs. Taylor has a long history with the school and she most recently served as 8th Grade Dean, Middle School Coordinator, and Middle School English Teacher.
  • Karen Paciorek

    Director of Enrollment Management & Early Childhood Education
    Mrs. Paciorek holds an AA degree in Allied Health, a BS degree in Psychology, a MA degree in Clinical Psychology, a MA degree in Educational Administration, and has a CA Teaching Credential.
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  • Janice Elmore

    Director of Business & Finance
    Janice Elmore excels at wisely running the business side of Clairbourn School - a non-profit institution with an annual operating budget of over $6 million dollars. She has worked at Clairbourn for 25 years and, over time, has positioned Clairbourn into debt-free status and has instituted countless sound business practices that further the educational mission of the school.
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  • Dr. Janny Chang

    Dr. Janny Chang

    Development & Alumni Director
    Dr. Janny Chang joined Clairbourn’s staff in 2017. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from Columbia University, a M.A. degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis, and a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science. She has worked in the U.S., Africa, and Asia for non-profit groups to promote education, youth development, and grassroots projects and she has wide range of skills that include grant writing, fundraising, donor relations, and multi-cultural affairs.
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  • Nancy Ward

    Director of Communications
    Nancy Ward holds a BA from Principia College and a BFA from Art Center College of Design. She previously worked for F.I.D.M. (The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in their publications Department as Lead Web Designer, and then transitioned into her new position as Clairbourn's Communications Director in 2006.
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Come Visit Us!

Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)