HUNTERSVILLE – Patricia Moreira will become the founding managing director/principal of Thunderbird Preparatory Academy, a charter school scheduled to open next fall.

The school board hired Moreira from more than 100 candidates.

During Moreira’s 23-year career, she has served as a teacher assistant, teacher, assistant principal and head of school/principal in Miami, Iredell-Statesville and Charlotte Mecklenburg magnet schools. 

Moreira’s strengths and passions are in the areas of specialized curriculum, technology infusion and success-driven instructional practices combined with authentic learning.

Thunderbird Preparatory Academy will open in August with an estimated 488-plus students in kindergarten to fourth-grade. The school will add a new grade each year.

It will be located at 17609 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius, during construction of a permanent campus.