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Patricia Diebold, Executive Director

Patricia Elizabeth Diebold has for the past 30 years dedicated her educational career to being a teacher and administrator. Her teaching experiences were both in public and private schools. Prior to recently retiring from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Patricia served for over fifteen years as the Assistant and then the Director of Miller Laboratory School and Campus Child Care Center on the Edinboro University campus. She then served the University for six years as the Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.


Twelve years ago, Patricia was appointed as the Executive Director for the National Association of Laboratory Schools, which has recently been changed to the International Association of Laboratory Schools. Her position provides for the supervision of the affairs of the Association through the coordination of an eighteen member national and international board of directors and a twelve member Endowment Board. As Executive Director, Patricia gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. She is responsible for setting the agenda for the monthly conference call meetings; maintains an office of record; oversees the association’s membership coordination of annual conferences; facilitates the publication of IALS Newsletters and the IALS Journal, and all other publications of the organization. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors and the Endowment Board, she oversees all financial affairs. She is the liaison between the Association members and the Board of Directors. During those years she has had the opportunity to provide leadership to laboratory schools across the country by responding to inquiries about IALS from members and non-members. She ensures consistency, accuracy and relevancy of the IALS message by seeking opportunities to promote IALS to related organizations and groups of educators internationally, and nationally. She clearly defines and represents IALS within the educational community and develops an organizational responsiveness to needs and issues and seeks to develop initiatives and strategies to meet those needs.


Patricia received her dual Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education and Speech Pathology, a Principals Certificate and Masters Degree in Education at Edinboro University. She completed course work towards a doctoral degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


For 40 years, she has been married to Foster Diebold, retired University President of the University of Alaska, Statewide System and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. They have two married daughters and the most joyful three grandchildren: Lyra, Grayson and Foster Elizabeth.