Trina Patterson is an advocate for academic excellence and student success. She has worked with educational institutions across the country on both the secondary and postsecondary levels in various capacities. Her compassion for others, coupled with her ability to forge strong, collaborative relationships allow her to connect and work effectively with stakeholders.  As a Community Cultural Liaison in our district, Trina serves as an additional resource for students of color, their families as well as our staff, in an effort to ensure a successful and positive academic experience.  She is a bridge that links schools to homes, and teachers to students.


Prior to joining district 833 Mrs. Patterson worked as a Career Coach, helping students and graduates with their job search, resume development, and employment readiness. For a number of years Trina worked in corporate America in sales and marketing, before transitioning into the nonprofit sector as a Program Coordinator for a youth mentoring organization in Indiana.  As Program Coordinator, she recruited and trained volunteers; assessed and enrolled mentees; connected participants to wraparound resources in the community; and organized monthly educational programs and trainings. Trina is a children’s author and for more than twenty years, she has developed and facilitated personal growth and character development workshops for women and youth in the United States and Africa.  

Mrs. Patterson is a native of Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science Degree in Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.

Trina has been an engaged and invested member of the South Washington County Schools community for the past eight years and welcomes the opportunity to work with all students and families in the district.