Former Texas State Representative Diane Patrick has an extensive background in education, as a teacher, an administrator, a State Board of Education member, and a professor of education at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Education, Texas Christian University, and Dallas Baptist University. She has over 11 years service on the Arlington School Board (four years as president) and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Arlington ISD Education Foundation for 19 years.
Q. How did you find out a school was being named for you?
A. On the evening of March 18, 2015, Arlington ISD Board President Bowie Hogg, accompanied by Board Members Gloria Pena and Peter Baron, along with Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, appeared at my home unannounced to me (but my husband was clued in) to deliver to me an invitation to a called board meeting to announce the naming of a facility in my honor. They didn’t say what or when, just “a facility!” For the next two weeks anticipation increased as we waited to find out what kind of facility because the Arlington School District’s recent bond election included several different types of new and renovated facilities. That special evening had a very festive air, as student cheerleaders and bands played as we entered the called meeting where they announced a new elementary school on Timber Oaks Lane would be named Diane Patrick Elementary.
Q. Who were the instrumental local leaders who made the new school a reality?
A. Current and former Arlington School Board members made the naming decision through their usual committee procedure after getting community input.
Q. Why is Principal Matthew Brown an ideal leader for Diane Patrick Elementary?
A. Principal Matt Brown is an ideal leader for Diane Patrick Elementary because he is a collaborative visionary who is energetic, caring, passionate, and a tireless worker. As an experienced administrator in Arlington ISD, he knows this school community. He has put together a strong educational team to ensure access to exceptional educational opportunities for Patrick students.
Q. What do you want the students of Diane Patrick Elementary to know about you, not as a successful educator or state representative, but as a person?
A. My entire life I have been passionate about giving back to my community, and about the importance of education to preserve our American democracy. Thus, the significance of the chosen mascot, “Patriots.” As the wife of Arlington dentist Dr. Ned Patrick, I am very proud of our two grown children and their families, which includes seven grandchildren. I also want Patrick Elementary students to know that I believe in the importance of family, and all Patrick Patriots will be our great big family!