November 20, 2017

   

Meet the Principal

Patty Wood is the School Leader at Grand Blanc Academy

 

She serves the role under many titles including Principal and Superintendent. Mrs. Wood grew up in Jamestown, NY (the home of Lucille Ball). She has 2 sisters and a brother-although loves to tell everyone, she is the youngest in her family!

After graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1983, Patty started her teaching career in Rochester, NY where she and her husband started their marriage. Rochester City School District was one of the challenging districts in New York. She taught 6th grade, 1st grade, and 2nd grade while attending Nazareth College for her Master’s Degree in Reading Education. After 4 years with the Rochester NY district her husband was transferred to Flint through General Motors. As Mrs. Wood adjusted to Michigan she worked for a short time as a Title One Intervention teacher with the South Bendle School District. She and her husband then were afforded the opportunity to adopt a newborn in 1992. Patty stayed home to raise their son. As she explains, her son was not a traditional school student, so she started to look at alternatives for his education. This was the time when Grand Blanc Academy was being built. After much research and excitement they enrolled their son in Grand Blanc Academy. Patty decided to volunteer at the school and later was asked to be a substitute teacher during that first year of operation. She was then offered a full time teaching job at the 1st grade level. She jumped in with both feet. “Grand Blanc Academy was a new challenge for me and I am thrilled to have become part of the foundation of the school!” Her second year at GBA she taught 1st grade again and then decided to loop with that class to 2nd grade. During that school year she was nominated as Disney Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Wood was then promoted to Reading Specialist and English Language Arts Facilitator. The following year she worked in the capacity of Assistant Principal.  Patty soon realized she would like to pursue her degree in Educational Leadership. Through a wonderful program at Oakland University she completed her Educational Specialist degree in May of 2007. Shortly after the completion of her Ed. S. degree she accepted a job at a charter school in Pontiac. After filling the role of Chief Administrative Officer for three years, she was invited back to be the Principal/Superintendent of Grand Blanc Academy. She has finished 5 years at GBA and is looking forward to continued growth with the student body and the staff!

Her dream is to be a leader in the educational reform movement showing results through student achievement. She is a strong advocate for parent choice in education and will take the time to spend with parents and students explaining the vision of igniting, growth, imagination, and dreams. Mrs. Wood has the value of her students at the forefront of every decision that she makes. She loves working with the student body and her amazing staff to provide each child with a safe and special place to learn and grow!

Mrs. Wood lives with her husband of 31 years in the Grand Blanc Area. She enjoys reading, golf, and time with friends and family.