July 6, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the Olde Providence Elementary School family, where we work as a team to support one another in order to help our students grow and thrive in numerous ways. A popular saying at OP is "OP is the Place to be!"
I am now entering my fifth year as principal here, and actually began my teaching career at Olde Providence as a student teacher 30 years ago. The principal and supervising teacher at that time were two outstanding educators who set high expectations and taught me the importance of maximizing every moment with quality instruction while doing my best to meet the needs of all our students. My team and I continue to maintain high standards for academic excellence.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I had been a stay at home mom for almost 11 years, returning to college to get my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at UNCC. Seven years later, I earned a master's degree in administration through the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program at UNCC. My first position as an administrator was as assistant principal at Hawk Ridge and then Endhaven Elementary Schools; my first principal assignment was at Myers Park Traditional followed by Blythe Elementary and Briarwood Academy. It has truly been a gift to return to the excellent school where my career began!
My husband Tim and I had moved to the Charlotte area from New Jersey in 1987; our goal was to make this our permanent home after relocating among six states for Tim's career. Our children enjoyed growing up in Mecklenburg County and are now grown; our son lives in Boone, NC and our daughter lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since she moved to Europe several years ago, my husband and I have been fortunate to travel to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Italy and Austria are next on our list!
My life reflects managing much change over the years, which I consider an asset as we enter the challenging 2020-2021 school year. While the upcoming year will almost certainly be different from years past, I want to assure you that the OP team will continue to work very hard to support your child as they build a solid educational foundation in support of successful lives. My motto at the start of the pandemic was "Nothing stops learning at OP!"
Please visit our website often for updates, and let me know if there is anything that my team and I can do to make the 2020-2021 school year another great one at OP.
Patricia M. Johanson, principal