Mrs. Patrice Brand



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Mrs. Patrice Brand

Mrs. Patrice Brand will start her new role as Principal at the Academy for Success for the 2020-21 school year.  Previously, she served as the Assistant Principal of Instruction at the Academy for Success.


Mrs. Brand was born and raised in Shelby, NC.  She is the middle child of 2 brothers. Her mother and father instilled the importance of education at an early age.  She comes from a long line of educators on both sides of her family. After graduation at Crest High School, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Secondary Education from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.  She earned a basketball scholarship and became a starter during her sophomore year. In 2006, Mrs. Brand earned a Master’s degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. 


Mrs. Brand taught science in her first 2 years of education in Gastonia, NC.  She transitioned to Charlotte, NC where she taught science for 11 years. Being an administrator was a long-term goal for Mrs. Brand and she was given the opportunity in 2011.  She has served as a Dean of Students, Learning Community Curriculum Support Coordinator, and Assistant Principal on both the High and Middle School levels. She prides herself in building relationships with students, parents, and staff members.  She was once asked, what would be 3 words that would describe you as a person. She answered, “Consistent, Relational, and fun.” She believes that these components are key in establishing a cohesive culture and relationships are key to student success.  She is excited to take on her new role as administrative assistant principal at the Academy!


Mrs. Brand enjoys singing, traveling and spending time with her husband and 3 kids.  She enjoys supporting her husband, who is the head football coach at Irmo High, and her kids who also play football for Irmo.  Her daughter enjoys dance and gymnastics. Whether it is Friday Night Lights, basketball, or baseball, Mrs. Brand LOVES sports.