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Following an extraordinary 29-year tenure at St. George’s, Dr. Patricia Moss, a dedicated steward of St. George’s academic program, will close her final chapter on the Hilltop at the end of this school year. “We all know that St. George’s wouldn’t be the place it is today without the work of Pat Moss,” Head of School Eric Peterson reported to faculty earlier this week upon announcing Pat’s departure.
Pat arrived at St. George’s in 1988 from the prestigious all-girls Madeira School in Washington, where for many years she served as director of admission. First hired as dean of academics and head of the Latin Department at St. George’s, she rose to the highest ranks of the administration, serving as interim Head of School in the fall of 1998 when former headmaster Charles A. Hamblet and his wife, Carol, were on sabbatical. She was named assistant head of school for academic affairs upon the Hamblets’ return, is the longtime head of the Latin Department and for two recent years served as director of academic research.
A scholar with a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pat has become known for challenging students to reach their highest potential and for holding the line on St. George’s rigorous academic standards. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she has been a stalwart advocate for female empowerment among both the faculty and students.
In 2010 Pat made news when she co-authored with Dr. Judith Owens a landmark study on adolescent sleep behaviors. The research, published in the American Journal of Medicine, helped many schools across the country better understand how teenagers’ sleep patterns can impact their academic performance. Here on the Hilltop, the study resulted in St. George’s moving the start time of the school day from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Citing the convincing results of the study — students reported being more alert in class and eating and sleeping better — many schools followed suit.
As she readies to leave St. George’s, however, Pat doesn’t wish to say she is retiring. “I hope there is a lot for me to do,” she said. “Just not grading Latin papers at 2 a.m.”
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