by: Tanja Rekhi, WLOS
Patterson replaces Dr. Pamela Baldwin, who left to serve as the superintendent for Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools.
Patterson was selected after more than 50 people applied for the job.
"We were looking for someone who was strong in curriculum, but not only that, someone who understood the human behavior part of the curriculum because we need to make sure our kids feel safe in those classrooms," said Shaunda Sandford, chair of Ashecville City Schools.
Prior to getting this job, Patterson worked in Union and Lincoln county schools and was the associate superintendent in Hickory.