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James Patrick, Alpha Elementary assistant principal and former special education supervisor for Greeneville City Schools, has been named principal of Union Heights Elementary School.

 He replaces Chuck Carter who recently joined the Central Office team as supervisor of Career and Technical Education.

 Looking forward to many years at Union Heights, Patrick said, “I am very excited about this opportunity to be a part of the traditions of excellence at Union Heights.”

 “For me, this is a great opportunity to be a part of one of the best schools in Hamblen County, and I feel very blessed to be the principal in a school with great students, staff, and a supportive community," he said.


Throughout his 21 years in education the most rewarding part of his job has always been the relationships that he has formed with his students. Having spent the majority of his career in special services he takes great pride in finding success for all students.

 “With his educational background and administrative experience, we look forward to Jim Patrick leading Union Heights Elementary," said Hugh Clement, interim director of schools. 

 An East High alum, Patrick holds a Ed.S in curriculum and Instruction, along with a master’s in supervision and administration from Lincoln Memorial University and earned his undergrad degree in education from East Tennessee State University.

 Patrick joined the HCBOE administrative team in 2012 when he joined Alpha principal Dr. Kimberly Dyke as assistant principal.  He also served Hamblen County as a three-year resource teacher at Manley Elementary, and six years for East High School in the same capacity, and one year as a CDC teacher at West High.  Before he earned his teaching credentials, Patrick was a teaching assistant at Lincoln Learning Center. 

 While in Greeneville City, he was treasurer for the East Tennessee Special Education Supervisors. Also, he helped coordinate and implement the East Tennessee Special Education Conference. In this position he presented on a variety of educational topics such as appropriate IEPs, RTI, assistive technology, and behavior interventions.

 Married to Dr. Rebekah Patrick, principal of West View Middle School, he has three children Hudson, Connor, and Reed. 

He attends Buffalo Trail Baptist Church.   An avid outdoorsman he loves hunting and fishing. He is very passionate about sharing this love of the outdoors with his children.

Patrick coaches baseball and basketball in the community.