Dr. Tara Patterson

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Dr. Tara Patterson

     I am very excited to begin my third year at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School! Our school is a great place for children to learn and grow.
 
     Schools cannot be successful without strong parent partnerships. Thanks to our parents for contributing to our success through forming strong relationships and partnerships with your child's teachers. Your child is important to us, and our dedicated staff works hard to meet your child’s specific needs. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and participation in your child’s education.        

     At Clyde Erwin, we believe in providing an innovative, global, problem-based opportunities 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. Schools cannot be successful without strong parent partnerships. Thanks to our parents for contributing to our success through forming strong relationships and partnerships with your child's teachers. Your child is important to us, and our dedicated staff works hard to meet your child’s specific needs. Thank you for your encouragement, support, and participation in your child’s education.
 
     If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always excited to talk about our wonderful school and students!
 
  • 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.