Founding School Leader
Patrice Meadows is a veteran educator with over a decade of experience. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a BS in Biology, she joined Teach for America and relocated to Atlanta. She began her teaching career at Therell High school in SW Atlanta teaching 11th and 12th grade chemistry. Since then, she has taught 5th-12th grades at traditional and charter schools in Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb county. Most recently she served as the assistant principal at DeKalb PATH Academy, a high performing charter school and the 2018 GA Charter school of the year. Her most notable achievements include developing a data driven culture using national norm-referenced assessments, starting the new teacher support program and building community engagement through mentoring and volunteering. In 2010, she earned a Master’s degree in Science Education and in 2016 earned her Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership both from GA State University. She now presents to teachers and school leaders at educational conferences around the country including the Georgia Charter School Association Conference and Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GA TAPP) New Teacher Symposium. She is the lead founder of Atlanta SMART Academy, a charter school with a mission to use science, math and the arts to build students into innovative solutionists. This new school is proposed to open in Fall of 2020 with 5th and 6th grades then grow a grade level each year up to 8th grade. The vision of the school is to be a conduit from elementary years to high school, where students are equipped with the critical thinking skills to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. In her off time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.