Meet the Teachers



Mr. Pat Mitchell

HS Theatre Director

Pat Mitchell is the High School Theatre Arts Director at Hayfield Secondary School.  He has been teaching for 6 years, previously at Yorktown High School, H-B Woodlawn Secondary, and Holmes Middle School.  He attended George Mason University for his BA in Theatre, the University of Virginia for his M.Ed.  and is currently in the final year of course work of his Ph.D. in Education Leadership at George Mason University.  He has worked professionally with the Keegan Theatre in Washington DC, touring Ireland in their cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  He was also a Production Manager for Synetic Theatre in Arlington Virginia and worked on their productions of Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, and Carmen.  He is a graduate of Fairfax County Public Schools and passionately believes in the importance and positive impact that theatre education can have on students.  He is an avid fan of the Washington Capitals, Disney World, and Coffee.


Mrs. Katie Courlander

MS Theatre Director

Katie Courlander is the Middle School Theatre Arts Director at Hayfield Secondary School. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Virginia Wesleyan College, and is currently pursuing her M.Ed from the University of Virginia. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of the DC based independent theatre company, Red Knight Productions. Katie has worked with several professional and community theatres in the area, including: The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, The Unexpected Stage Company, Out-Side the Box Theatre, Grain of Sand Theatre, Silver Spring Stage, Rockville Little Theatre, and The Little Theatre of Alexandria. Katie is a graduate of Hayfield Secondary and is overjoyed to help students find their second home on or behind the Hayfield Stage. When not at school, Katie is either teaching yoga, eating Chipotle, or spending time with her husband and their two wonderful kids, Calvin and Lexi.