Tricia Patterson, who was appointed principal in June, said she thinks of the community at the school she’ll now lead as “family.”
“I live and breathe Tritt. I consider it my third child,” she said. “I think that the most special and unique thing about Tritt is just the sense of community.”
Patterson began her education career as a teacher at Big Creek Elementary School in Cumming in 2000.
She moved to Tritt in 2003, where she has served ever since.
Patterson said she loves children because of their inquisitive nature.
“They’re like sponges,” she said. “They soak up something and they want more. They improve the environment just by learning.”
Around her fourth year of teaching, Patterson said the principal at Tritt encouraged her to pursue further education and inspired her to aim for leadership.
“I wanted to be a principal because I feel like the bigger the realm, the more kids you can help,” Patterson said.
Former Tritt principal, Becky Rutledge, who worked with Patterson for 10 years, said she saw “a lot of possibilities and aspirations” in Patterson when she was a third-grade teacher.
“She’s brilliant, and I knew she’d be successful,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge said she hired Patterson as her assistant principal one year before retiring in 2010.
“She just proved to be one of the best I’ve ever worked with. She has all the qualities a successful school leader should have,” Rutledge said.
“She’s a remarkable woman.”
Rutledge said Patterson will make “the best” principal because she has earned the respect of students, staff and parents.
“She has been a very successful administrator, and she will continue as principal to lead the school in the right direction,” Rutledge said.
Patterson said she expects to settle into her new role perfectly.
“It just feels right,” she said. “It feels like what I should be doing.”