Area Superintendent, Area 4
Patricia Wright began working in the Pinellas County School District in 1987, as a teacher at Pinellas Park Middle School. Initially a sixth grade reading teacher, Ms. Wright later taught Language Arts, yearbook and became the department chairperson. During her tenure there she was also one of Pinellas County’s top ten finalists for teacher of the year.
In 1994, after seven years, Ms. Wright transferred to Sixteenth Street Middle School (now known as John Hopkins Middle) as a teacher on special assignment. In this assignment she worked as a Dean or acting assistant principal for the performing arts magnet. After two and a half years, in 1997, Ms. Wright was hired at Largo Middle School as the sixth grade assistant principal.
In 2001, Assistant Principal Wright was transferred to Southside Fundamental Middle. After being there two years, at the retirement of the principal, Ms. Wright was appointed as principal of Southside Fundamental in 2003. In 2005, the superintendent made sweeping changes in the district and several principals were transferred to different schools. Ms. Wright was transferred from Southside Fundamental to Northeast High School and she became the first female principal of this high school.
In February 2008, Ms. Wright was appointed as a Director of School Operations. In this capacity she worked closely with the Region Superintendent and as a direct liaison with secondary principals and school communities specifically relative to disciplinary concerns and overall school operations.
During the 2010-2011 school year, Ms. Wright was appointed to the position of Region Superintendent. In 2012, the position was revised to Area Superintendent. Currently, as Area 4 Superintendent, Ms. Wright manages and supervises 29 schools. She serves as a liaison between the schools, community and superintendent’s office, and works on a daily basis with schools to assist them in delivering an education that is supported by timely research, grounded in best practices and beneficial to all students and community.
Ms. Wright is a native of North Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Literature from Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. She has completed course work towards a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Leadership accomplishments and awards:
Footprint Service Award (Community Organization Award)
Finalist, Florida African-American Education Alliance, “School Administrator
of the Year” Outstanding Lay Person of Year (Eleventh District – Florida and Bahamas)
Pinellas Teacher of the Year Finalist
Professional/civic/community membership affiliations: Capital Outlay/Strategic Planning Committee
Executive Leadership Team
Agenda Prep and Superintendent's Cabinet
Community Advisory Committee
District Leadership Team
Girlfriends of Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Administrators’ Association
National Association for School Administrators
Eleventh Episcopal District Director of Lay Activities – AME
Delta Sigma Theta Inc. - Public Service Sorority