Dr. Patrick Jean-Pierre is the Principal, Paige Elementary in the Schenectady City School District. Dr. Jean-Pierre has years of combined experience in urban educational settings, which includes public schools, charter schools and universities. His range of professional experiences in the field of education includes teaching, counseling and leadership development, as well as, organizational consulting that fosters systemic change. Patrick served as the former Assistant District Director of Diversity, Recruitment and Retention at the Schenectady City School District and additionally has held positions as Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University at Albany and Director of New York State Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality at Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University. Patrick taught at the Andries Hudde in Brooklyn, NY and while at Rutgers University, he served as a Senior Consultant to the NJ Department of Education and developed programs for students from vulnerable populations for the Rutgers Somerset project.
In addition, Patrick has provided leadership development at the Wharton School of Executive Education and therapy to Youth and Families at the Mental Health provider, Supreme Consultants. He has been a small groups instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Manhattan College and is currently Adjunct at Clarkson University and Sage College teaching Diversity, Equity and Systems Leadership courses to in-service teachers and school district leaders. He is a group relations consultant with the A.K. Rice Institute (AKRI) for the Study of Social Systems.
Patrick received his Doctorate of Psychology at Rutgers University in Organizational Psychology with concentrations in Community and Sport Psychology. He received his Master degrees from CUNY Brooklyn College in Industrial Organizational Psychology and at Stony Brook University (SBU) in Human Resource Management. He holds a B.A. from SBU in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. Patrick’s research interests include masculinity, inter-group relations, disproportionality, educational equity and systemic change in educational settings.
“Inclusion and equity have to be baked into every decision you make. So there’s not a decision you make that should not include the idea of whether I’m being more inclusive with them, being more diverse with them, being more equitable. And the minute you miss it, you miss something. And if you think about it, you miss someone.”
– Dr. Patrick Jean-Pierre