Dr. Patzlaff has been an experienced educator for 24 years. She has eight years of experience teaching at the elementary level as well as serving as Department Chair. She served as Middle School Director for twelve years. She has served as Assistant Head of School since 2014, and recently as Head of School in the absence of Dr. Nafie. She has a strong background in curriculum development and academic principles, as well as understanding the importance of fund raising and sound budgeting.
Dr. Patzlaff has a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership, a Master of Science in leadership and management, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in education and history. As well as participating in Clairbourn's accreditation process, she has served on accreditation teams evaluating other independent schools, which speaks to her understanding of the needs of an independent school education. She has conducted original research to determine factors influencing enrollment decisions.
In selecting Dr. Patzlaff as our next Head of School, we were impressed by her desire to advance the school's mission and were impressed by her goals for the future. She has said that her goal is to "honor the traditions of excellence and values of Clairbourn while leading the school into a new era of growth."