Dr. Patterson earned her doctoral degree in Education Administration in 2004 from the University of Alabama. In addition, she also possesses an Educational Specialist degree in Librarianship. Her postgraduate work has included studies at Harvard University becoming a trained facilitator of Instructional Rounds: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning. She also earned the AASA National Superintendent Certification in 2018, and has been an invited presenter to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) association speaking on closing the achievement gap through technology.
Dr. Patterson serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Superintendents Association and the Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools.