Zone 2 Candidate

Melissa D. Patschke Ed.D.
Upper Providence Elementary School
Royersford, PA

NAESP combines talent and resources to encourage principals to reach success. This advancement of the role of the elementary school principal is unmatched by any other national association. NAESP uplifts the value of all principals in the eyes of our politicians and colleagues, and in the hearts of our school families. Based on my high respect for the organization’s collaborative practices, as well as the impact great school principals make in the lives of children, it would be a privilege to serve as the Zone 2 Representative to the NAESP Board of Directors. No matter the demographic profile of our work, great principals are always seeking ways to be the catalyst of “what’s right” for their students. The honor of this work lies in the partnership of great minds, and in the smile of each child impacted by the support and strength NAESP offers school leadership.

Education: Ed.D., Education Leadership, Immaculata University, ’05 — Administrator Certification, K-8 Principal, Temple University, ’96 — M.S., School Counseling, Millersville University, ’92 — B.S., Special Education and Elementary Education, Kutzstown University, ’88

Professional Experience: Principal, Upper Providence Elementary School, ’02–present — K-12 Health and Wellness Coordinator/Grant Writer, ’11–present — Elementary Principal, Daniel Boone Area School District, ’96–’02 — Middle School Assistant Principal, West Shore School District, ’95–’96 — Special Education Teacher, Reading School District, ’88–’95

Professional Affiliations: NAESP, ’13–present (Board of Directors, Zone 2 Director, ’13–present; Membership Committee, ’11–’13; Nomination Committee, ’11; State Representative and National Leaders Conference, ’10–’13; Federal Relations Coordinator, ’10–’11; Mentor Coach, ’10–13; Principal’s Help Line, ’08–’10 ; Editorial Advisor, Principal Magazine, ’07–’10; Capitol Contact, ’05–’06) — PAESSP, ’96–present (Board of Directors, ’08–’13; PAESSP Conference Presider and Presenter, ’07–’13; Member, High Stakes Testing Task Force, ’08) — Montgomery County Principals’ Association — Berks County Elementary Principals’ Association

Professional Honors: Awardee, Educational Seminars: Argentina Fellowship , Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, ‘12’13, White House Educational Forum for Pennsylvania, ’12 — Awardee, Doing What Works, U.S. Department of Education & WestED, ’10–’11

Civic/Community Honors: Elementary Education Representative, PHEEL for Haiti Board of Directors, ’12–’present —Awardee, Top 25 Community Leaders Under 40 Years Old in Southeastern, PA, ’05–’06