Paterson Elementary School


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Phone: (904) 336-2275

Degree's and Certificates:

Bachelor’s Mathematics

Master’s Management and Leadership

University of North Florida

Florida Mechanical & Agricultural University

“We don’t make excuses, we create solutions.” 

Principal and Title IX Coordinator, John O'Brian

Dear Stakeholders,

Hello and welcome to Paterson Elementary School.  I know this sounds like a typical cliché, but I am sincere when I articulate how personally honored I am to serve the Paterson community, students, faculty and staff as their Principal. Paterson Elementary is a part of the School District of Clay County.  It is located on Fleming Island, Florida.  One of twenty-seven elementary schools, Paterson Elementary offers a full academic program to approximately 1, 060 students.  

Paterson Elementary is considered a high performing academic school.  Paterson students consistently perform above the District and State level on state assessments.  Our teachers are continuously enhancing their skills and knowledge to foster student learning ensuring future college and career preparation.  Our extracurricular academic programs include: Gifted studies, National Elementary Honor Society, Music, Technology, Robotics, Art, Physical Education, Media Exploration, and Theater.  In addition to Physical Education, we have track and lacrosse after school programs.

One of the truly unique characteristics of Paterson Elementary is the family and community involvement.  The integration of the families, local community businesses, faith groups, and general community members are essential to any successful community school.  Regardless if someone has a student and/or family member in the school, the school is often the focal point our community.  We embrace that and foster those relationships to solidify the partnership of the school and community.  Such activities would include: family nights, movies, carnivals, student performing arts programs, open House, orientation, business partner night, and many more opportunities for the community to participate and interact with the school.   

As I articulated, I am very fortunate to serve my students, faculty, staff, parents and community that are a part of the Paterson family.  Together, we all make a difference in the lives of one another and our students every day.    


John O’Brian


ap stokes

Phone: (904) 336-2575

Degrees and Certificates:

M.S. Educational Leadership

B.A. Elementary Education

FLDOE Certifications - Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Reading, English for Speakers of Other Languages

Florida State University

University of North Florida

The more that you read the more things you will know.  The more you learn the more places you’ll go!”   

--Dr. Seuss

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


Lori Stokes