Patricia W. Leary, PhD

Patricia W. Leary, PhD. has over 40 years of experience as an educator, leader, and executive coach.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University, a master’s degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Leary has a proven record of success as a classroom teacher, a resource teacher, a principal, an Executive Director of School Leadership in a high poverty, high performing urban school district, and an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University. As an adjunct, her expertise is in courses on Educational Leadership and Professional Learning and Adult Learning Theory.   

Dr. Leary has successfully managed and implemented multiple projects including digital transformation, elementary and secondary school reform, year-round schools, and school turnaround for low performing schools. Dr. Leary is trained in School Quality Review, Adaptive Schools, the Art of Metacognition, Strategic Planning, Assessment Literacy, and Design Thinking. Developing leaders in schools and building leadership capacity at all levels of the school organization so that students can learn at high levels within a positive learning environment is the focus of Dr. Leary’s work as an executive coach for over 8 years.   

She is a current member of NAESP, ASCD, and Learning Forward and has presented at state and national conferences on building teacher leadership capacity, creating and sustaining positive learning environments, implementing the continuous improvement model to build successful schools, professional learning within a professional learning community and leading successful schools. She received the Robert Lyn Canady Lifetime of Service Award and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Professional Development Award. Under her leadership as principal, the school was designated as a Title I National Distinguished School.   

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