Our Gwinnett County students, teachers and community deserve an Advocate
with their best interests at heart. I am our Advocate.
Early Voting: April 29, 2024 -May 17, 2024
Election Day: May 21, 2024
Putting My Experience to Work for Gwinnett County
Greetings, it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I'm Patrina King, a parent and proud graduate of Georgia's Public School System. As a passionate advocate for students, I am excited to announce my candidacy for a position on the Gwinnett County Board of Education in District 5.
For more than two decades, I've devoted myself to community service, earning recognition in 2016 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama for my unwavering commitment to volunteerism. My aim is to unite students, parents, educators, administrators, and the community to drive positive change together. My focus is on implementing a student-centered approach to enhance the educational experience for every child in Gwinnett County. Family is important to me; I've been happily married for 21 years and have one daughter. I am eager for the chance to serve as your District's representative and contributing positively to the educational experience of our community.
Allow me to share a bit more about myself:
As a lifelong golfer, I recognize that success often takes a unique and non-linear path. I embarked on my golf journey at the age of 5, diverging from the conventional route by not pursuing any of the 36 collegiate golf opportunities offered to me. In 2017, I took a significant step by founding Women’s Golf Day in Georgia under Governor Nathan Deal, an annual celebration observed on June 6th. My dedication and achievements to golf and community were further acknowledged in 2018 when I was honored as one of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 Achievers and The Network Journal’s 40 Under 40 Achievers. In 2022, my golf journey came full circle when I was recognized as a Black History Maker in my hometown of Eatonton, GA, marking a historic moment as the first black female to play golf on the local course
What sets me apart as a candidate is my extensive history of youth advocacy in both sports and education. Both which are arguably top priorities in our wonderful state of Georgia and more specifically in Gwinnett County. For instance, as the former owner of a background investigations company, I leveraged my expertise to educate youth about the lasting impact of their actions on future opportunities. Currently, through my non-profit Foundation, I orchestrate an Annual Teen Summit across Metro Atlanta, cultivating leaders using golf as the vehicle with a focus on active and healthy lifestyles. My engagement as the PTA President and Head Fastpitch Softball Coach in Gwinnett County, coupled with volunteer work in the classroom and for organizations such as 21st Century Leaders, Junior Achievement, and Georgia State University, reflects my ongoing commitment to investing time in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
I proudly belong to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. My educational journey includes undergraduate studies in Technical Management with a concentration in Human Resources at DeVry University and graduate studies in Human Resources at Keller Graduate School of Management. I hold the esteemed certification of Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. Additionally, I have penned two books, "9 Holes 9 Goals: A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Business on the Course" and a children's book titled "My Dad and Me on the Tee." Presently, I serve as the Founder & CEO of Golf Women Mean Business, LLC.
My unwavering dedication extends to breaking down barriers, particularly within marginalized communities. I am deeply committed to fostering inclusivity, challenging societal norms, and creating opportunities that empower individuals to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. By actively engaging in initiatives and advocacy work, I aim to get back to basics and contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society, where barriers are dismantled, and everyone has the chance to thrive.
In summary, I stand as a beacon of change and unwavering dedication, fully committed to representing Gwinnett County School Board District 5. Fueled by a passion for education, a steadfast dedication to equity, and a clear vision for a thriving future, I am prepared to uplift our community. My goal is to secure the necessary resources and empower parents to join me in getting Gwinnett County's Educational System back to basics and advocating for the best interests of our students as well as the overall growth of our district.
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