Our head of school
Patti Hearn will be Seattle School for Boys Interim Head of School beginning August 1, 2020. She was the founder of Lake Washington Girls Middle School and served as Head of School there for over twenty years.
Patti is a passionate leader, educator and connector. She graduated from Rutgers University and received her MA-Ed from Antioch University in Seattle. She is Dare to Lead trained and was a finalist for the Fearless Woman Award. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Bush School and shares her love of the theater with the community.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jerome has always been a keen learner and a proponent for experiential education. As a co-founder and the head of academics at Seattle School for Boys, he believes that boys can advance beyond the confines of traditional male socialization and toward a holistic version of themselves when provided the appropriate tools.
His drive stems from being the oldest of three children in a single-parent household. Jerome watched his mom execute financial calisthenics while she expressed love and compassion in ways that allowed him to understand the value of hard work and contribution.
Keeping these values in mind, Jerome earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University.
Currently, Jerome is a humanities teacher who is dedicated to elevating and maintaining equity in education. He believes that EQ is as important as IQ and has committed his practice to ensure that boys play an active role in their social, emotional, and cognitive development.
He balances his time outside of the classroom by designing neural education instructional models and experiential learning projects that align with ethnic studies and multicultural education. Jerome is a contributing member of the iNCtl (Institute for Connecting Neuroscience with Teaching and Learning) and he is also in his fourth year as an MBK (My Brother’s Keeper) Alliance mentor. Jerome continues to find many opportunities to learn and expand himself through art, basketball, book clubs, travel, and writing.
Andrew Antczak is a scientist and mathematician at heart who has a strong passion for education. Many of his family members have spent their careers in education and from a young age he understood the immense importance of it. Being raised in an environment where he was never afraid to show emotion or vulnerability, he strongly resides with and believes in the mission here at Seattle School for Boys.
Andrew earned his master of science degree in physics from Drexel University in Philadelphia. While there, he had the opportunity to teach undergraduate students, and it was during this time period that he grew his love for teaching. During his Middle School years, he found his passion for math and science; he hopes that he can help inspire the next generation of young men to find their passions.
Andrew and his young family are new to the Seattle area. They’re looking forward to enjoying the city, exploring the natural beauty that surrounds it, and starting a life together here. As for hobbies, he’s always been a huge reader and an avid sports fan!
Our board of directors
Professionally, Drew is a corporate lawyer, with expertise in governance, and a CPA. After 14 years practicing at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and then four years as an in-house attorney at RealNetworks, she started her own practice, Avisé, SPC, where she provides legal consulting services to publicly traded technology companies. Prior to law school, Drew spent six years working as a certified public accountant, first as an auditor with Ernst & Young and then as a consultant for Levi Strauss & Co.
Drew has served on the boards of directors, including the finance committees and executive committees, of several nonprofit organizations, including Seattle Girls’ School, The RealNetworks Foundation, Child Care Resources, Climate Solutions, and Women’s Funding Alliance. She has done corporate pro bono work for many nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years.
Personally, Drew is mom to two middle school students. Watching her older child thrive at an all-girls middle school, where she was supported and encouraged through the tricky middle school years, Drew was dismayed to find that a similar educational experience was not available for her son. She worked to form Seattle School for Boys so that the boys in our community would have the opportunity to be supported, guided, and celebrated, and would in turn learn to support, respect, and honor others, regardless of gender.
Andrea gates sanford
Andrea is a graphic designer by trade, starting her career in Austin, Texas, then moving to Washington DC in 1994 to start her own business, She Can Do It, LLC. She was full-time production manager for the launch of Discovery Channel Online before moving to Seattle in 1996 and has provided ringside online streaming video service and podcast support for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for the past 15 years. She is now the full-time lead graphic designer for HR Creative Group.
She served on the board of directors for the Snow Leopard Trust for over 12 years, as well as the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, Indonesian Veterianary Training Program and the Center for Women and Democracy. She received her MBA in sustainable business from BGI (now Presidio Graduate School) in 2011. Her passion for equal rights and social justice led her to be involved with Seattle School for Boys from the very beginning.
Andrea trains and competes in agility and obedience cyno-events with her talented Doberman pinschers, Pearl and Seamus. She is an avid reader and enjoys the never-ending but rewarding struggle of learning both the cello and fly fishing, albeit not at the same time.