Board President

Mr. Tom Edwards
Edwards, Mr. Tom
Board President
Dr. Tom Edwards has worked in and around the educational arena for over 25 years, and has been a member of the Patriot Preparatory Academy School Board since 2011. As a parent of a PPA graduate, he considers it an honor and privilege to serve the interests of the students, families and staff of this great institution.

Board Members

Mr. Paul Blythe
Blythe, Mr. Paul
Board Member
Paul Blythe is a retiree of Lucent Technologies of Columbus, Ohio. He retired after thirty-two years in production. He has worked for the last fifteen years at DynaLab in Reynoldsburg. Now semi-retired, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Paul and his wife, Brenda, live in Blacklick. They have two grown sons, and six grandchildren. Paul considers it an honor to be a member of the school board at Patriot Preparatory Academy where he has served since the school's inception.
Branch, Mr. Joseph
Board Member
Joseph A. Branch is originally from Memphis, TN. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance. He also holds a Master of Counseling and a Master of Divinity. He is currently serving as a Wing Chaplain in the Ohio Air National Guard. Joseph has been a part of the Patriot Family since 2011 as a parent and as a board member. He remains excited to help young people work toward progress.
Mrs. Catherine Burleigh
Burleigh, Mrs. Catherine
Board Member
Catherine Burleigh has served in the field of education since 2005 as a teacher in varying instructional settings. She has taught at a community college and also as a teaching assistant while in graduate school at the University of Dayton, where she obtained her Master's of English degree with a concentration in writing. Catherine also taught as a fifth grade teacher before serving as a high school English teacher at Patriot Preparatory Academy from 2010-2014. Catherine also taught part time for a program which assisted high school students, who were unable to attend traditional schools, to earn credits towards their graduation.

Currently Catherine stays at home with her three young children, but she hopes to return to the classroom once her children are all school-aged. Catherine is passionate about educating teenagers in order to equip them for success as adults.
Lucio, Mr. Benito
Board Member
Benito Lucio is retired from the Ohio Job and Family Services where he served as the Monitor Advocate/Ombudsman. He attended Bowling Green State University and Majored in Physical Education. Benito has served on various boards and has numerous state and local recognitions for his work in the community. He is also a radio DJ on WCRS 98.3 and 92.7 FM and does educational videos on accessing resources and knowing your right. He is the father of 2 students at Patriot. 
Petrella, Mr. Paul
Board Member

Paul Petrella has taught Mathematics in the Columbus area for 37 years. He is retired from the Licking Heights School District in 2010 and was a math teacher at Patriot Preparatory Academy from 2010 – 2015. Paul is excited to remain a part of the Patriot family in his new role as a board member. He is the father of 6 children and resides in Reynoldsburg with his wife, Barbara.

Mrs. Terri Pratt
Pratt, Mrs. Terri
Board Member
Terri Pratt has been a celebrated entrepreneur and author in the Columbus area for over 19 years. She and her husband D.J, have founded 2 successful businesses. Terri is the author of “The Ultimate Stylist Handbook”. She has a passion for coaching, mentoring, and training individuals to new levels of business success. She has always been passionate about helping people excel in their purpose and fostering a spirit of excellence.

Terri is a parent of 5 students at Patriot. She is honored, and feels privileged, to serve on a board with diversity, various experiences, and a common goal to help better aide Patriot Prep Academy staff and students in their journey of growth and success.
Patriot Preparatory Academy's Board Meetings are open to the public. If you have interest in disussing a matter with our board members, please contact the superintendent to schedule a time.

Board Meetings


Board Meeting

Thu Sep 20 2018 Starting at: 6:30 PM

Board Meeting

Thu Oct 25 2018 Starting at: 6:30 PM

Board Meeting

Thu Dec 6 2018 Starting at: 6:30 PM

Board Meeting

Thu Dec 27 2018 Starting at: 6:30 PM

Board Meeting

Thu Jan 3 2019 Starting at: 6:30 PM
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