Patricia F. Deklotz, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District
Patricia Deklotz is Superintendent for the Kettle Moraine School District, a high performing K-12 district serving 4,200 students located in southeastern Wisconsin. She was selected as Wisconsin’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.
Under her leadership, the Kettle Moraine School District has embraced the School Board’s charge to transform schools to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students. The district has created three instrumentality charter high schools, one multiage project-based elementary charter school, and a project-based, interdisciplinary multiage middle school house. These learning environments serve to inform the district’s work in competency-based education.
Kettle Moraine recently implemented a robust technology infrastructure, supported as part of a $49.6M bond referendum. It was the largest referendum on the ballot across the state in April 2014, and larger than the district’s annual operating budget.
Working to personalize learning for students, Kettle Moraine is also personalizing learning for staff. Deeper learning and micro-credentialing provide a foundation for the redefinition of educator compensation and the development of career pathways.
Taking a non-traditional route, Dr. Deklotz worked 20 years in financial software development and with non-profit organizations prior to becoming a teacher in 1996. Currently she serves on the State's Coordinating Council for Educator Effectiveness, the Waukesha County Technical College Board, the GPS Education Partners Board and the President's Advisory Council for Carroll University. She is chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Consortium, chair of the Cooperative Service Agency #1 Superintendent's PAC, and co-chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance. Dr. Deklotz is also an active member of the business organizations that serve the ten municipalities that comprise the Kettle Moraine School District.
Dr. Deklotz resides in Delafield, Wisconsin with her husband, Joe. They are the proud parents of three grown children and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.