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13620 Erwin Road
Charlotte, NC 28273
Courier #: 436
P: 980-343-3680  |  F: 980-343-3719 
Principal: Jigna Patel
LC: South Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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Mrs. Jigna Patel, Principal

Dear Lake Wylie Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  As we begin a new year together, I want you to know I am honored to be the principal and continue the great work we have already started together!


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our families that are new to Lake Wylie. I graduated from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Afterwards, I attended The University of Michigan- Ann Arbor where I received my Master In Elementary Education. After teaching for several years, I went to Wingate University to obtain my license in School Administration.   I have been in education for twelve years.  This will be my thirteenth year!  I taught at Pineville Elementary School for six years as a fourth grade teacher.  Then I had the opportunity to serve as the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Lake Wylie Elementary for the past six years.  I am excited to continue my journey in education as principal of our school!

Family is important to me.  I am expecting our second child in early November.  This will make us a family of four! :)  I will be taking a few months off for maternity leave.  You will be in good hands with our teachers, administrative team, and front office staff for the months that I am off.  They will be available to answer any questions or concerns that arise.  Our oldest son Shailen will be turning four this September.  My husband, Sam, is a Software Engineer.  We love to spend time with our extended family/friends on the weekends and take family  trips when we can.  

This year our theme will be “Agents of Change!”  I believe we are all ‘Change Agents’ that can make a difference in our school.  Our teachers, community partners, parents, and students all play an important role in making our school a great place to learn!  

Lake Wylie has a strong community support system that is committed to ensuring that each student is provided with the necessary tools to be successful.   There is a strong sense of community and school pride at Lake Wylie. I want to continue to strengthen the relationship between our school, parents, and community.  We all take a part in ensuring that our school is the best it can be!  If you ever have ideas of ways to improve our school, I would love to hear your feedback.

My goals as the Instructional Leader at Lake Wylie is to ensure that the educational experiences that we offer your child on a daily basis will extend far beyond textbook knowledge and educate the whole child, because that is what I would hope for my own children.  My vision is to see that every child has an engaging, relevant learning environment that challenges them to succeed beyond their own expectations.  At Lake Wylie we will provide rigorous learning experiences that will enable your child to think critically, have opportunities to become an excellent communicator, and a productive, caring community member.  We will have a strong focus on character education and increase our use of technology to better prepare our students for the 21st century.  As educators, we will continue to reflect and refine our instructional practices through data analysis.  We will use assessment data to inform our teaching practices and implement research-based approaches that are differentiated to meet the needs of your child. 


It is important for parents to be informed of school events, changes in the schedule, and school wide initiatives that are taking place.  I want to encourage you to be actively involved and know what is happening within the school.  Please seek out information and read all paperwork that goes home.  We will communicate with parents through our weekly connect ed messages, email blasts, monthly calendars, and parent communication newsletter.  The student agenda also has a student handbook with policies and procedures for our school.   The more you are informed about what is happening the more you can help your child at home and be involved with the school!  Working together, I know we can make this a year of Excellence at Lake Wylie Elementary School!

Yours in Education,

Jigna Patel, Principal  

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Mr. Bobby French, Assistant Principal

Dear Lake Wylie Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am excited to serve as assistant principal of Lake Wylie Elementary School.  I look forward to getting to know the community and learning from all of our great students.

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to the community.  I grew up in Charlotte and am a product of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School.   After attending N.C. State University to earn a degree in English, I later received a Masters in Educational Leadership through Winthrop University's Leaders for Tomorrow program.   During my time in education, I have served as an English teacher at E.E. Waddell High School, a dean of students at Smithfield Elementary School and an assistant principal at Ardrey Kell and Olympic High Schools. My experiences in education have shaped my passion for serving children and the Charlotte community.  

My family is also very important to me. My wife, Carey, teaches elementary school Spanish.  We share a love of education, kayaking, reading, coffee, and exploring the city with our dog, Guster. 

I believe that education is the foundation to unlocking our passions.  Students should feel engaged in learning through collaboration, problem solving and developing their personal interests.  I hope throughout this year that I can work with our amazing team to make these beliefs a reality at Lake Wylie.  

 I look forward to being a Pirate and getting to know the Lake Wylie Elementary community. 

Yours in Education,

Bobby French, Assistant Principal


Queridas familias de Lake Wylie,

¡Bienvenidos al año escolar de 2017-2018!  Me alegra tener la oportunidad de servir como vicedirector de la escuela primaria Lake Wylie.  Estoy deseando conocer la comunidad y aprender de todos nuestros estudiantes buenos.  

Quiero presentarme a ustedes rápidamente.  Yo crecí en Charlotte y asistí a las escuelas públicas de Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; me gradué de South Mecklenburg High School.  Después de ganar un título de literatura inglesa en la universidad de N.C. State, luego recibí una máster en Liderazgo en Educación por el programa 'Líderes para Mañana' de Winthrop University.  Durante mi tiempo en educación, he servido como maestro de inglés en E.E. Waddell High School, el decano estudiantil en Smithfield Elementary School, y vicedirector en Ardrey Kell y Olympic High Schools.  Mis experiencias en educación han conformado mi pasión por servir a los niños y a la comunidad de Charlotte.

Mi familia también me importa mucho.  Mi esposa, Carey, enseña español en una escuela primaria.  Compartimos el amor por educación, kayaking, leer, el café, explorar la ciudad con nuestro perro, Guster.  

Creo que la educación es el fundación de abrir nuestros pasiones.  Los estudiantes deben sentirse cautivados en el aprendizaje por colaborar, solucionar problemas y desarrollar sus intereses personales.  Espero que en este año puedo trabajar con nuestro equipo fabuloso para realizar estas creencias en Lake Wylie Elementary.  

Me hace feliz ser un 'pirata' y conocer a la comunidad de Lake Wylie Elementary muy pronto.


Bobby French, Vicedirector

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