FPD Head of School

Dr. John Patterson

Dr. John Patterson began his tenure as the Head of School at First Presbyterian Day School in June 2020.

He is a servant leader who believes in leading by example, listening, and rallying a team to accomplish its mission. He seeks to enhance the Christ-centered culture of encouragement and strong academic rigor that are the foundation of FPD. One thing is for sure, when you encounter Dr. Patterson, you are likely to receive a word of encouragement, and a “Go Vikings” as he departs.

Dr. Patterson has served in education for 20 years and has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 25 years.  Cindy is also an educator. The Patterson’s have a daughter, Gracie, who attends Samford University.

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Administrative Team

Andrew Strickland

Director of Fine Arts, Theatre Director, and Prop Dance Coach

Beth Burnsed

Director of Marketing & Communication

Charlie Parrish

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Moore

Athletic Director, Coach

Elizabeth Leslein

Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Athletic Director, Center for Discovery Director

Kathy Tolbert

Director of Advancement

Kris Vaughn

Director of Admissions

Kristen Kreutner

Director of Innovation, Instruction & Curriculum

Matt Kitchell

High School Principal

Molly Pearson

Middle School Principal

Shannon Bryant

Lower School Principal

Brad Thompson

Director of College Counseling