Patricia Deklotz is an advocate for children and public education. She has been Superintendent of the Kettle Moraine School District, a high performing K-12 district serving 4,200 students located in southeastern Wisconsin, since 2006. Under her leadership the district has embraced the Board's challenge to transform schools to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students. Under her leadership the district embraced the following initiatives: increased transcripted, advanced placement, and dual enrollment courses, implementation of Project Lead the Way and Gateway to Engineering, implementation of four-year-old kindergarten, creation of four instrumentality charter schools (three high schools, and one elementary), and the development of an advanced manufacturing certificate diploma. As the district staff works to personalize learning for students, so they embrace personalizing learning for staff. Deeper learning and micro-credentialing provide a foundation for the redevelopment of educator compensation and the development of career pathways. Job embedded coaching is provided through Directors of Learning and Lead Educators. Creating career pathways through differentiated responsibilities of leadership also provides a pipeline that addresses district succession needs.
Born in southwestern Minnesota, Deklotz was the third of six children in her family. Her father was a share-cropping farmer and her mother was a school teacher, who left her one-room school house to become a wife and mother. Her mother's political ties with Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, as well as her campaign for the right for kindergarten children to receive bus transportation were successful. However, dying at 42 years old, she did not live long enough to see "children of renters" able to utilize the public library. Deklotz stepped into her mother's shoes at age 12, becoming the "chief cook and bottle washer" as her father affectionately named her. Deklotz credits her mother's political activism for her passion for public education and the rights of all children.
Taking a non-traditional route into the field of education, she dropped out of college just two quarters shy of her teaching degree in order to provide for her own family. Deklotz worked 20 years in financial software development and with non-profit organizations prior to becoming a teacher in 1996. Earning her bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees by doing homework side-by-side her children. She celebrated the weekend in May 2013 when she and her son were both awarded their doctoral diplomas. She began her involvement in the district by serving as a parent volunteer and PTO co-chair. Before going back to earn her teaching license she spent five years on the Kettle Moraine School Board, serving as president for the last two years.
Currently she serves on the State's Coordinating Council for Educator Effectiveness, the Waukesha County Technical College Board, GPS Education Partners board, the President's Advisory Council for Carroll University, chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Consortium, chair of the Cooperative Service Agency #1 Superintendent's PAC, and co-chair of Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance. She is an active member of the business organizations that serve the ten municipalities that comprise the Kettle Moraine School District. The loving wife of Joe, she is the proud mother to Amber, Richard, and Chelsea and a blessed grandmother to her five grandchildren.