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Patterson promoted to Eva School principal

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

As late as Tuesday evening, Superintendent Bob Balch wasn't sure who he would recommend for the Eva School principal position at Wednesday morning's called school board meeting.

He finally decided while sitting at the Brewer High School graduation, calling his secretary and asking her to let the board know it would be Brewer Assistant Principal Patrick Patterson.

The board approved his selection at the meeting. Patterson was among a dozen applicants for the position left vacant when Sheila Burt retired in April due to health reasons.

Balch used a committee of teachers and parents to narrow the field. Balch, Director of Secondary Education Vicki Smith and Director of Elementary Education Ann Vest then interviewed the finalists.

"Mr. Patterson had an excellent interview with the search committee," Balch said. "And then he did well with our interview. He's an enthusiastic administrator and a great fit for the Eva community."

Patterson is finishing his 11th year in education, including the last two as Brewer assistant principal. He spent six years at Austin High in Decatur, teaching social studies and coaching soccer and middle school football. He moved to Brewer in 2002 to teach English and coach soccer and football.

Patterson, 34, said he knows he is getting into a good situation at the county's newest school building.

"It's a beautiful school and a great learning environment with great teachers and community support," Patterson said.

While most of Patterson's experience is at the secondary level, he said he has experience and prefers dealing with elementary students. He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Kyle, 8, and Olivia, 4. They live in an old family home in Somerville. He said he also teaches elementary children at his church.

"I'm very sensitive to the needs of this age group," he said.

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