Current job: Region administrative director for Miami-Dade Public Schools.
What search firm says: Patton knows what it means to work in a minority majority district. More than 90 percent of the students in Miami-Dade County are minorities.
With 25 years of experience in South Florida, Patton also knows Florida testing standards and education mandates. The firm praised her ability to work with various constituent groups.
Patton has also been flagged as a potential superintendent finalist in Lee County.