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Dr. Betty Patterson is a resident of Mobile, AL. She grew up in Bloomington, MN where she received her foundational education. She completed her high school diploma at WP Davidson High School in Mobile, AL. She began her journey to receiving a doctorate in education at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where she received a Bachelor of Arts. She moved back to Mobile, AL and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in chemistry from the University of South Alabama. After she received this degree she began working as a research assistant to Dr. Betty S. Pace in gene therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
She became an employee of the Mobile County Public School System in 2003 as a science teacher. She transferred to Baker High School in 2007. While teaching at Baker, she received a Masters of Science in Community Mental Health from the University of South Alabama where she worked with Dr. Tres Stefurak on an initiative with Strickland Youth Center on teen recidivism. She began the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the University of South Alabama in 2016. She received her Educational Specialist degree while completing her doctorate. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2019. The title of her dissertation is Teacher absenteeism, morale, and effectiveness.
Dr. Patterson is passionate about student achievement through the perspective of teacher morale. She believes that leaders have a responsibility of creating positive educational environments, which promote teacher morale, so that student achievement increases. She has had many roles in the educational system, and believes her path leads her to address topics from a Human Resources approach. Organizational goals are met when employees’ needs are met.

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