Who we are
Adrienne Barr, Executive Director
Adrienne Barr joins Interschool after spending several years in leadership roles with the Parents’ Association at Trinity School in Manhattan. A former television news producer, Ms. Barr became active in educational and parenting issues while sending her own two children to Trinity. She also worked closely with students and their families while running ArtScenes, a theater and art summer camp she founded in 2008. As President of the Trinity PA, Ms. Barr was deeply involved with organizing and developing Parent Affinity Groups, and helping to foster more involvement and leadership roles for families of various racial, religious, ethnic and other identity backgrounds. She also helped create more programming and several film andlecture series to support these groups, and has been an active fund raiser and volunteer coordinator for the school’s many events.
Ms. Barr has a BA in Communications from Rutgers College, and a Creative Writing Certificate from the NYU School of Continuing Education, and is an award winning screenwriter and producer.
Brandie Clarke, Associate Director
Brandie Clarke has worked at New York Interschool and The Faculty Diversity Search (FDS) for 20 years; she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is responsible for the administrative operations for Interschool and FDS and the recruitment and placement of associate teachers and head teachers in FDS member schools.
Prior to coming to the independent school community she worked for the NYC Department of Education where she worked with a team of twelve, developing several citywide projects for the board such as Principal for a Day, Take Your Daughter to Work Day and The NYC Mentoring Program.
Jaleh Amouzegar, Consultant
Jaleh Amouzegar has been a consultant at NY Interschool since 2002. She co-taught a weekly seminar to new teachers in our Teaching Fellows program. In 2005, she began her work with our Faculty Diversity Search program (FDS). Over the course of ten years, Jaleh has counseled and helped place many teachers of color in our schools, working in particular with lower school head and associate teaching candidates.
In addition to her work with Interschool and FDS, Jaleh has taught at The Dalton School, The Brearley School, Collegiate School, Georgetown Day School and The University of Chicago Lab Schools. She is currently working at Dalton's First Program Admissions, conducting assessments for Kindergarten applicants.
Jaleh has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and has worked in the field of Education since 1990. Jaleh was a board member at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School from 2013-2015. She is currently serving on the Alumni Leadership Council for The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ.
Pat Ranard, Consultant
Pat Ranard enjoyed a 38-year career at The Spence School, serving for 30 years as the Academic Dean. She also served as Head of the English Department, and taught at least one Upper School class every term: Shakespeare, American Literature, Women Writers, The English Novel, Great Poets, among others. As Academic Dean, Pat supervised hiring in the Middle and Upper Schools, and in this capacity became very interested in finding ways to increase faculty diversity. When she retired as Academic Dean, she went to work for Faculty Diversity Search as their Lead Middle School and Upper School Recruiter. She currently works with her colleagues at FDS on all the organization’s initiatives, and has specialized in finding ways of recruiting ABD and Ph.D. candidates who are interested in working with young people into independent schools.