Overstreet Named Columbus Schools’ Administrator of the Year


COLUMBUS, Miss. – Patricia Overstreet, Franklin Academy Health Magnet School principal, was selected as the 2012-2013 Columbus Schools’ Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Martha Liddell, the CMSD Board of Trustees, and Mayor Robert Smith made a surprise presentation to Overstreet at the Jan. 14 board meeting.

“Mrs. Patricia Overstreet is a committed educator who has given 10 years of service to Columbus School District. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School curriculum at Franklin. Last school year, Franklin Academy was one of two schools in Columbus School District where students met and exceeded their growth expectation on state assessments. She is very deserving of this honor to have been chosen as CMSD’s Administrator of the Year by colleagues, peers and district leaders. Thank you Mrs. Overstreet and the Franklin Academy Team for a job well done!” Liddell said during the presentation.

Overstreet has worked in the Columbus schools for 10 years. After teaching seventh and eighth grade science at Choctaw Middle School in Philadelphia, Miss., she was dual employed with NASA and the Choctaw Tribal Schools.

She served as the NASA Science Coordinator for eight schools, K-12th grade. While in that capacity she led the school and individual students to multiple national robotic and science awards.

She previously served as an assistant principal at Hunt Intermediate for four years and principal of Mitchell Elementary for two years. She has been principal of Franklin for four years.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Educational Leadership Degrees from Mississippi State University. She is also a graduate of the Millsaps Principals Institute.

She is married to Chris, and their son Ronnie is a first-grader at Sale Elementary.

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