Board of Trustees

Clairbourn's Board of Trustees is comprised of current and former parents, Clairbourn alumni, and educators who bring a wide range of expertise and talents to their responsibilities in overseeing the school. Our trustees include the following individuals:
Livia Aryananda | Lucy Huang Chang | Debbie Chen | Martin Espinoza | Dr. Liva Gritton | Bhart Manwani | Jane Marks | Dr. Robert Nafie | Kerry Reiling | Audrey Werner
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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

    Dr. Patzlaff was chosen in 2018 as Clairbourn's 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

    Assistant Head of School

    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

    Lower School Director

    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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  • Dr. Marianne Ryan

    Director of Enrollment Management and Development

    Dr. Marianne Ryan has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and twelve years of experience as Director of Admissions at an area independent school.  She also has teaching experience in both preschool and kindergarten.  Most recently Marianne worked for Integrated Learning Solutions to determine school readiness for kindergarteners in the Pasadena area. Dr. Ryan is happy to be a part of the team and looks forward to helping prospective families learn more about the Clairbourn School experience.
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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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  • Jeanette Zamora

    Director of Communications and Marketing

    Mrs. Zamora has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Design from the Art Center College of Design. She taught art in both LAUSD and private art studios. For over a decade, Mrs. Zamora worked as a designer in advertising/marketing for several firms handling clients from various industries, and as a director supporting the marketing team and the firm. She also established her own design studio helping governments generate reports, assisting clients with branding needs and establishing their global marketing. Mrs. Zamora has been affiliated with Clairbourn for several years and is passionate about celebrating and supporting the school community.
  • Ryan Morehouse

    Director of Facilities and Security

    Mr. Morehouse has worked for Clairbourn since 2017. He is the Director of Facilities and Security and has a Bachelors in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design. He currently has five employees who are committed to make sure Clairbourn always looks its best! Mr. Morehouse is passionate about maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our community, as well as its aesthetic. Mr. Morehouse and his team stay up to date with the current guidelines for environmental cleaning and disinfection per COVID regulations. He supports the Claiborn community with his positive can-do  attitude.

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)