Superintendent's Bio

Patrice Faison, Ed. D.


Dr. Faison has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 21 years in North Carolina.

Since March 2017, Dr. Faison has served as Superintendent of Schools in Thomasville, North Carolina. She believes that involving all stakeholders produces maximum positive impact on students’ lives. It is her mission in to partner with parents, community and staff members to nurture and prepare students for success in the 21st Century. Educating the whole child and providing them with the tools needed for success in life is paramount. She has set high expectations for positive learning environments along with classroom rigor, relevance, and personal relationships will ensure success for all students.

She believes in and nurtures the whole child through academic, social, emotional, nutritional, and physical development which honors diversity, promotes high expectations, and celebrates individual and collaborative achievement and growth.

She believes parents and community are critical components to the success of our students, staff and schools; forming partnerships and fostering understanding and engagement with these stakeholders is a priority.

She believes in the essential role faculty and staff play in achieving our mission and respect their diversity while working to support and develop the adult capacity necessary to impact our students’ success.

She believes that all students and staff will incorporate innovative 21st Century technology in the learning process.
Prior to coming to Thomasville City Schools, she served as the Principal of Page High School in Guilford County – the 2nd largest high school in the district with over 2,000 students. In this role, Dr. Faison focused on closing the achievement gap, supported and grew student and staff leadership opportunities, increased rigor in the classrooms, and exceeded expected growth in student achievement in all four years of her tenure. Prior to Page, Dr. Faison served as Principal of Oak Hill Elementary School from 2010-2012 where she oversaw a complete school turnaround, leading to her being named North Carolina State Principal of the Year in 2012. From 2006-2010, Dr. Faison gained experience as a middle college liaison, high school assistant principal, and high school principal in Guilford County Schools. She began her career in public education as an elementary school teacher for seven years in Stokesdale, North Carolina.
Dr. Faison has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree with honors in education from Elizabeth City State University. She holds master’s degrees in both elementary education and school administration – both obtained at North Carolina A&T State University. She later attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned an education specialist’s degree in 2012 and a doctorate of education in 2014.

Dr. Faison is excited about leading the Thomasville City Schools and becoming a vital, active part of the community.