The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez has approved the selection of Patricia Gioffre Scott, Ed.D., as the next president of the school, effective July 1.
Dr. Scott has more than 25 years’ experience in school administration and leadership, staff development and evaluation, curriculum and instructional design, and data assessment and management.
The former principal of St. Edmond’s Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, she spent 15 years in the classroom, ranging from elementary to the university level. Since 2019, Dr. Scott has been director of Strategic Partnerships and Grants for the Beau Biden Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to protect children from abuse through education for adults and children, and strengthening child protection policies for all youth-serving organizations.
“As a Catholic school leader, I am dedicated to our students, their families, faculty and alumni,” she said. “I work hard to cultivate an environment where all voices are heard to better help students reach their potential and strengthen the community.”
During her tenure at St. Edmond’s, enrollment increased, an innovative curriculum was instituted, a collaborative environment for teachers improved dramatically, student intervention programs were developed, a one-to-one iPad initiative was implemented, and comprehensive, robust faculty professional development programs were established.
“A national search was conducted over the span of several months with the professional assistance of Lambert & Associates which produced an exceptionally strong field of candidates for the presidential position,” said Carroll Board of Directors Chairman John W. Goldschmidt, Jr. ‘76. “However, as the search process unfolded, it became clear to the Search Committee, led by alumnus and board member, John Kiely ’76, that Dr. Scott was the person destined to be Carroll’s next president. Dr. Scott fits right into the Carroll culture as a dynamic, experienced Catholic educator, adept at increasing enrollment, and as a collaborative, inclusive school leader.”
Dr. Scott’s experience includes working as an instructor and technology liaison at the University of Delaware; as an instructional technology coach in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington; as technology and assessment coordinator at the Delaware Center for Teacher Education in Newark, Delaware; as director of laptop integration and science teacher (grades 5-6) at the Calvert School, Baltimore, Maryland; and as a grade 2-3 teacher at the Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington.
“Dr. Scott has a proven track record in administration and school leadership and has been a champion of technology advancements in the classroom over the course of three decades in the education field,” said Faith in the Future Foundation Chief Executive Officer Irene Horstmann Hannan. “She is a nationally and internationally renowned presenter on topics ranging from technology in the classroom to professional development and child protection.”
Hannan also extended her gratitude to Interim Carroll President James Leary, who has led the school since last fall. “Mr. Leary provided great leadership during this time of transition.”
Goldschmidt echoed Hannan’s sentiments: “Jim came to Carroll in the middle of a pandemic and made sure that the ship was steadied. His rich business acumen, confident demeanor, and overall good humor will leave our school in a far better place and provide Dr. Scott with a solid foundation upon which to continue to move Archbishop Carroll forward.”
Service to others is also an important part of Dr. Scott’s life. She is a board member at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, and the Charter School Network of Delaware. She also served on the Padua Academy (Wilmington) board, served as a Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools evaluator, and is currently a Court-Appointed Special Advocate in New Castle, Delaware for children in the foster system.
Dr. Scott was awarded three degrees from the University of Delaware: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Instruction, and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Education Technology.
Dr. Scott and her husband Brian live in Wilmington with their two children, Andrew (22) and Haley (20). Drew is a recent graduate of American University, while Haley attends Virginia Tech University.
“I am looking forward to working with the entire Carroll Community,” Dr. Scott said, “to improve the school experience for our students, faculty and staff, making it even more inclusive while remaining true to the Carroll mission, ‘to guide students within the context of a meaningful relationship with God, others, and self.’ It is evident that Archbishop Carroll High School inspires its students to make the world a better place.”