Paterson Elementary School
Principal and Title IX Coordinator, John O'Brian
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou
Assistant Principal, Courtney Schumacher
Welcome parents and guardians,
Thank you for your interest in R.M. Paterson Elementary, Home of the Manatees! We are located in the heart of Fleming Island. We are a K-6 school and serve close to 1,200 students. We are currently the largest elementary school in Clay County. A few things we pride ourselves on at Paterson Elementary is our consistent high academic performance, our positive culture and climate here on campus as well as our strong community and parent relationships. At Paterson we offer multiple resource classes and every student participates in one of these classes each day: Art, Music, PE, STEM, Technology, and Media. We also offer many clubs on campus such as Chorus, Run/Walk, Track Team, Lacrosse, Robotics, Purple Up (military club), Anchored for Life, Art Club and many more! We also have a very strong Parent Faculty Association where we encourage parents, grandparents and guardians to join and meet monthly to discuss upcoming events, needs, and happenings around the school. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved!
I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Manatee family for four years now serving as Assistant Principal. I was born and raised in Clay County and I can truly say Paterson Elementary is an extremely special place with a very positive learning environment for all students. We have an open door policy and always try to be available for any questions, concerns or just parents wanting to gain more information. We value and encourage parent and family involvement in their student’s education.
Paterson is built on the four Rs: Responsibility, Respect, Resilience and Results. We have a strong instructional and support staff who are highly qualified to meet the needs of our learners. Students here receive a high quality education filled with engagement, rigor, and academic ownership. Any school within Clay County is a wonderful place to be but Paterson Elementary is the best! Go Manatees!
Courtney Schumacher, Assistant Principal
Assistant Principal, Lori Stokes
Dear Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to Paterson Elementary School! I am extremely honored to be a part of the PES administrative team and to work along such a dynamic staff, students and families. I am a proud product of Clay County District Schools, and served as a teacher in Clay County for 17 years. I am proud of our district and all the initiatives we have in place to serve our students. Paterson strives daily to provide the best educational opportunities for each of our students to be successful academically and socially. It is our goal to meet the individual needs of all of our students while setting high standards and expectations for everyone. At Paterson we work hard and encourage each other along the way!
Families and our community play a huge part in the success of PES. We pride ourselves on having an “open door” policy as we work collaboratively to reach our goals. All families are encouraged to volunteer and become a part of our phenomenal Parent-Faculty Association (PFA). This organization works diligently to serve our staff and students each day, and to provide additional resources that enhance our classrooms and campus. We are honored to have our families work with us each day.
I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing school, as we work to create an atmosphere of academic excellence. Thank you to all of our stakeholders for serving and supporting us as we prepare our learners for a successful future. #PositivielyPaterson