Meet the New Principal: McKinley-Brighton’s Eric Patterson

     Published on 7/19/21   Tagged under:    District News    McKinley-Brighton Elementary School   

The Syracuse City School District is pleased to introduce Eric Patterson, the new Acting Principal of McKinley-Brighton Elementary School! Read the interview below to learn more about Mr. Patterson.

Tell us a little about yourself andThis is a graphic showing a picture of Eric Patterson with text that reads 'Meet the New Principal: Eric Patterson.' your background.

My name is Eric Patterson I am originally from Utica, New York. I have been in education for the past 28 years.  Almost twenty-five of those years have been spent in the Syracuse City School District. I have been part of the McKinley Brighton Family for the past six years. First as an Administrative Intern for two years and then as a Vice Principal for the past four years. 
 
Before becoming an administrator, I taught Physical Education and Health Education at Frazer, Delaware and Franklin Elementary. I was also a modified Cross-Country Coach and Head Girls Track & Field Coach for Frazer and PSLA at Fowler from 1997-2009. 
 
I am a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College,  SUNY Cortland and Syracuse University and the father of two sons (Elijah and Isaiah) and a husband to my wife, Angela. 

What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?

My favorite thing about Syracuse is the diversity of the school district and the community in general. 

What is your favorite thing about being a school administrator?

My favorite thing about being a school administrator is being able to interact with and support our scholars… to develop our scholars academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  To help them become the best that they can be, and let them know that all goals are possible. 

What is your greatest hope for your school?

My greatest hope for my school is that we continue to strive for excellence for our scholars, and that all scholars s and staff return for the Fall!  We are one family united as one!

What are you most looking forward to about the 2021-22 school year?

I am most looking forward to all of our scholars and staff returning in person for the 2021-22 school year, committed to be the best that we all can be!