With 17 years of professional experience, Josh Patterson, Ph.D., is the proud principal of Sterling School of Greenville County Schools. Dr. Patterson, a native of the Upstate, is a graduate of Furman University (B.A., M.A.) and the University of South Carolina (Ed.S., Ph.D.). He is an adjunct professor at Anderson University, teaching classes in school leadership, educational research, and innovative instructional practices. Previously, he served as principal of Oakland Elementary in Spartanburg School District Two. He also serves as immediate past-president of South Carolina ASCD, an affiliate of the international educational organization. He was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader (Class of 2014) and is a graduate of the Diversity Leaders Initiative at Furman’s Riley Institute (Class XX, 2015). A regular blogger and presenter, Dr. Patterson is a strong advocate for evidence-based practices that support the development of the whole child. He and his wife, Natalie, have four children.