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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Kami Patrizio


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Kami Patrizio, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, for her ability to keep her students motivated through their educational journey while they continue their full time careers.

Dr. Patrizio teaches Qualitative and Educational Leadership classes at the Northern VA Regional Campus, working with non-traditional students who are pursuing their Master's and Doctoral degree while still teaching full-time in local school systems. She understands their difficult schedules, but continually challenges each student to put forth his/her best effort through her creative teaching strategies. Dr. Patrizio makes all readings and writings applicable to the class and the current field in which her students work.

Dr. Patrizio gives her all to each of her students, providing the expertise he/she may need. Her approachability and understanding of her students’ difficult work-life balance is one of her greatest strengths. She has been described by one student as, “a person you can call during the day to get advice on a paper or if you need advice on (an) issue at work. She helps you get your focus back, provides guidance on leadership skills, and ... listen(s).” Dr. Patrizio provides feedback on papers within days to help students continue progressing to their final product in a timely manner, while guiding them with helpful formative assessments.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Patrizio engages in professional service activities. She serves as a Co-chair for ATE's National Commission on Teacher Agency, and as a member of ATE's Leadership Academy. Additionally, she has made multiple contributions to several AERA divisions and special interest groups. Her service work also includes work in data based decision-making, assessment and program evaluation in K-12 school divisions. Finally, Dr. Patrizio has received honors and awards in recognition of her exemplary professional and scholarly contributions.


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