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 info@clairbourn.org.

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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  • Kyron Millard

    Assistant Head of School
    Mr. Millard has spent the past 17 years working in the independent school environment as an administrator, teacher and coach. Mr. Millard holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in theology, and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from Vanderbilt University.
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  • Karen Paciorek

    Lower School Director (Preschool - Grade 3)
    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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  • Janna Hawes

    Director of Admissions
    Janna Hawes, joined Clairbourn School in 1992. As Director of Admissions, she is the first point of contact for prospective families and offers tours, assesses applications, and conducts interviews with prospective candidates and their families to determine if Clairbourn and the family are a good fit for one another.
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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

    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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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)