Patricia J. Pfeil
Franklin Borough School
Franklin Borough School District
Franklin, New Jersey

“Our school helps children grow and achieve not only academically, but also in ways that are not measured on standardized tests,” says Patricia Pfeil. “They excel in the visual and performing arts, athletics, and community service.” Pfeil has been principal of Franklin Borough School since 2001. She oversees a student population of 528 at the rural kindergarten through grade 8. By introducing research-based instructional programs, curriculum, and strategies for helping struggling learners, Pfeil has enabled significant gains in student achievement, especially in language arts and mathematics. Another key accomplishment of Pfeil’s tenure has been recruiting, retaining, and supporting the professional development of high-quality teachers. By hiring individuals who demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow professionally, Pfeil has ensured that teachers at her school model lifelong learning for students. She also has fostered positive changes in the school environment. She encourages open exchanges of ideas among students, teachers, and parents and collaboration among the school staff and families to achieve educational excellence. At monthly meetings of the Parent Advisory Team, for instance, parents discuss innovative school programs and community service projects. As liaisons of the school community, they ask questions of the staff and give feedback. Pfeil was awarded a B.S. from East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania, an M.A. from Jersey City State University in New Jersey, and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.