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Amy Peters photoMrs. Amy Peters, Principal

I am honored to continue to serve as Principal of Patriots STEM Elementary. We are soaring to new heights at Patriots, and I am so proud of our students and staff.

I am currently in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where I also earned my Masters in School Administration.  Additionally, I graduated from Virginia Tech, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. I worked as an engineer for a gas pipeline in Texas for nine years, before following my passion and switching to a career in education.  In 2002, I began teaching 4th grade students in Texas, and I continued to teach 5th grade in North Carolina.  After 10 years in the classroom, I became an assistant principal at Weddington Hills, where I worked nine years before my appointment to Patriots.

My husband and I have two adult daughters that both attended North Carolina State University.  We love hiking, boating, and enjoying the outdoors of our beautiful state.  

I am a dedicated educator whose most important goal is to grow every student and help them succeed.  As the Principal of Patriots STEM Elementary, I look forward to working with each of you as we partner in educating our students. 

Go Red Hawks!



Heidi Copeland photoMrs. Heidi Copeland, Assistant Principal of Instruction

Welcome to Patriots STEM Elementary! 

I am so excited to be a part of the amazing staff here at Patriots! I look forward to working with students, parents and staff as we thrive to become a “Leader in STEM Education.” I graduated from West Chester University  (in Pennsylvania) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education and received my Masters degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University. I have previously served as a Health and Physical Education teacher and Assistant Principal in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Go Red Hawks!





Dee Smith photoMs. Dee Smith, Assistant Principal

Welcome to Patriots STEM Elementary!! I am so excited about beginning another new year at Patriots STEM Elementary. It is a pleasure to be working with such great students, parents and staff members. I am a native of the great state of West Virginia and a proud supporter of the WV Mountaineers. I graduated from West Virginia State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Queens University with a Masters in School Administration.

I look forward to our continued work together.  Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. I am here to serve you. Let’s go Red Hawks!!!!