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Patsy Smith

Patsy Smith

Training Specialist

Leadership – Youth Development – Generation Z – School Culture – Emotional Intelligence – School Development – Teacher Development – School Growth
Patsy Wood Smith, Director of School-Based Programs with Clemson University Youth Learning Institute, oversees two successful charter middle schools: Youth Leadership Academy in Pickens, SC, and Tall Pines STEM Academy in Aiken, SC. Patsy is an experienced presenter and has been invited to speak at many local, state, and national conventions and workshops. In 2006, she was named to USA Today’s All-USA Teaching Team, and most recently, Patsy was honored by Clemson University with the 2018 Board of Trustees Award of Excellence in the visionary category. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


True Colors® Power Duo: Green + Blue
Top 5 Strengths: Belief, Activator, Command, Self-Assurance, Futuristic
Patsy believes that our school systems exist to educate students – not to employ adults – and that all decisions should be made through the lens of “Students First.”

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