Kamela Patton is in her fifth year as Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools. She joined the district in June of 2011 following a 24-year career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Over the past four years, Dr. Patton revised and improved existing programs, instituted new technological tools to improve communication, and initiated new programs that moved this school district in a positive direction with an increase in student achievement. Most recent examples include the December 2014 release of high school grades and the drastic improvement in the graduation rate.
Dr. Patton recently received a Woman of Distinction in History for Diversity Award and is also an eSchool Learning 2014 National Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award Winner. She is the recipient of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) Outstanding Superintendent Communicator Award. Dr. Patton was named by Gulfshore Business as one of the 41 People with the Most Clout in Southwest Florida and a Power Woman by Florida Weekly Magazine. She is a member of numerous boards included being voted by her peers for the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS).
Dr. Patton was invited to Washington D.C. to present at Discovery Education Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms conference to discuss the state of digital learning and its impact on college and workforce readiness. While there, she also met with the Federal Communications Commission chairman to discuss the transition to digital learning.
Dr. Patton is a graduate of both Leadership Florida and Leadership Collier.