Dr. Tara Patterson



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Tara Patterson

I am very excited about my second year at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School! I would like to thank each and every one of you for allowing us to educate your children. It is our goal to work hand-in-hand with you to create well-rounded, globally-competitive students who can achieve their goals.

At Clyde Erwin, we believe in providing a world-class education for all students, so we offer a variety of experiences to meet all learning needs. Throughout the year, your children will have opportunities to participate in rigorous activities. Additionally, students are encouraged to become involved in clubs and extracurricular activities of interest.

Parents, we believe it takes a village to educate children. We invite you to become involved and become an active participant in your child's education. Classroom teachers can always use an extra pair of hands to work with students, read with students, prepare materials, and design bulletin boards. If you have questions about our instructional program or want to tour our campus, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are always excited to talk about our wonderful school and students!
Thank you again for being a part of our Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School community.
  • Education and Experience

    2017: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    2008: Master's of School Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from East Carolina University

    2004: AIG Certification from East Carolina University

    2000: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and English from Elon University


    2017-Present: Principal of Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School

    2014-2017: Principal of Maysville Elementary School

    2012-2014: Professional Development Consultant, Educator Effectiveness Division, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    2008-2012: Assistant Principal of White Oak Elementary School 

    2007-2008: Assistant Principal of Beaufort Middle School and Smyrna Elementary School (PK-8)

    2001-2007: Teacher at Newport Elementary School (Grades 3-4) - served as a mentor, leadership team representative, and provided numerous professional development sessions

    2000-2001: Teacher at South Graham Elementary School in Graham, North Carolina


    July, 2004: Awarded the Keizai Koho Teaching Fellowship to Japan (10 teachers from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain visited Japan for 14 days to learn about their culture  and education system). This opportunity had a great influence on me as an educator and propelled my interest in global education.