Dr. Patricia Dawson has served as Head of Crofton House School for the past 19 years. Crofton House is a highly prestigious school in Canada and its students’ scores are consistently one of the highest in British Columbia. Dr. Dawson will bring her successful educational leadership experience to her new position as Head of Maple Leaf International Academy – Shenzhen commencing August 2019.
Dr. Dawson is an experienced educational leader who has worked in both the independent and public school systems in Canada. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education in Family Studies and Guidance from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Education in Administration from the University of Windsor, and her Doctor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. The focus of her thesis was “The Ethic of Care and Administration in Independent Girls’ Schools”.
Dr. Dawson began her career in education with the Kent County Board of Education in Ontario where she held various teaching positions including Secondary Principal and Vice Principal. She then spent five years at Ridley College as Assistant Head of School. Currently, Dr. Dawson is the Head of Crofton House School in Vancouver, British Columbia, a position she has held for the past 19 years. She has also been very involved in the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) having served for two years as Chair of the Board followed by two years as Co-chair of the newly formed Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). Dr. Dawson has also chaired five CAIS accreditation teams in independent schools across the country.
Dr. Patricia Dawson is happily married to Paul Dawson who is involved in residential real estate development. Their daughter Heather teaches at an independent school in Vancouver. Their son Byron lives in Australia with his young family and works in the ski industry.