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Dawn Patterson - Principal

Principal Dawn Patterson joins Parrish Charter Academy with strong credentials in effective teaching, coaching and school leadership from another charter school she served for twelve years. As a Principal, she embraces and exhibits the qualities of an Outstanding Principal:

1. Belief in and support of the faculty and staff.
2. Belief that all children can attain significant learning gains.
3. Is highly visible in all areas of the school and communicates effectively with students, teachers, support staff, parents, stakeholders of the school and the public-at-large.
4. Is an effective listener and excels in the art and skill of problem-solving.
5. Has the knowledge and ability to empower others.
6. Maintains a clear vision of where the school is headed and the means to get there.
7. Is fair and consistent by maintaining the consistent rules and procedures for all faculty, staff, parents and students.
8. Is dedicated to the school and demonstrates the belief that all decisions must be made in terms of what is in the best interest of the students, moreover, embodies school spirit!

Principal Patterson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Flagler College, a Master of Education Degree from Concordia University and maintains a K-6 Teaching Certificate from the State of Florida.

Dawn grew up as an, “Army Brat” and lived in various places including Washington, D.C. and Vicenza, Italy. She appreciated living in diverse locations as it taught her the importance of trying new things, learning new perspectives, and most paramount, the importance of serving others. The hands-on experience methodology at PCA along with the student reflection component sparked Principal Patterson’s interest in Experiential Learning that Parrish Charter Academy will be presenting. She believes that through consistent and perpetual perseverance that every student at PCA, despite varying learning styles, will be educationally inspired.

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Julia Dawson – Assistant Principal of Academics 

Julia was Born in High Point, NC and moved to Pittsburgh, PA at the age of 3. Julia always devoted her life to family and friends. At a young age, she realized how positive of an impact she had on others and decided that education and teaching was her true passion. She attended Clarion University in Pennsylvania and majored in Elementary Education. During those 4 years she also cheered for the University and participated in university clubs. This journey expanded her family and friend network and lead her to pursue teaching in her home state of North Carolina.  

Julia has taught in various K-6 grade levels with a love for K-2. Her 10 years of classroom teaching experience within Title 1 schools in both Tarboro, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida gave her many tools to succeed in the classroom. Julia comes with a great background in both academic and behavior systems. She has served as a team lead in multiple grade levels as well as a leader on teams such as MTSS, PBIS, and served as the schools Title 1 Liaison.


Within the last year, she transitioned into the administrative roles of Instructional Coach and currently serves as Assistant Principal at PCA. Julia has strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills that prove to be an asset in administrative roles. Her passion for EL Education and the hands-on curriculum is one of the main aspects that drew her to Parrish Charter Academy. In her role at PCA, she is committed to not only the students and families but the teachers. Julia will do whatever is needed to make sure every child will succeed in their own way. She is dedicated to the success of Parrish Charter Academy and proud to represent Forza Management as part of their School Administration.


Nicole Ferretti – Assistant Principal of Student Services 

Nicole Ferretti grew up on Long Island and moved to Parrish with her family in August of 2021. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Dowling College located in Oakdale, NY. She went on to further her education and earned a Master of Education degree in Elementary Special Education with annotations in Severe and Multiple Disabilities. 

Nicole Ferretti started at Parrish Charter Academy as a 5th Grade Science & EL teacher for the 2021-2022 school year, the following year she became the director of the ESE Department. Nicole will be moving into the next school year as a second Assistant Principal for PCA’s growing community. Her time at PCA has already proven to have extensive experience working with students and parents and she has a good rapport with all stakeholders. Nicole has mentored new teachers to help them successfully implement the curriculum and classroom management techniques within their classroom. She has served as a member of the TAT (Threat Assessment Team) which has allowed her to provide strategies for the staff when responding to student behaviors. Lastly, she has worked with administration, staff, and students to ensure the campus continues to offer a safe and structured environment where we put learning first. 

Nicole embodies responsibility, reliability, and dependability, she exemplifies the traits that lead to positive outcomes and foster a sense of reliability that others can depend on and trust.

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Ron Renna - Grant Writer

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