In Brief

Who is Patricia Franklin?

Patricia Franklin, is an American singer, songwriter, author, and Nationally Board Certified Special Educator who lives her life believing we should “live each day with positive thought and be inspired to share joy, laughter, excitement, and kindness with the world”!  She is listed on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil promo photos 001Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama, honoring those leading the way toward tolerance and justice in America.  Franklin has also represented the United States as an educational specialist in Japan and India as part of the Fulbright Teacher program and the Center for International Understanding, respectively.  Upon her retirement from public education she was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award by the Governor of North Carolina .  The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state.

Music and art have always been an integral part of Patricia’s life. She used both in her classroom and has been recognized by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission for her contributions to the Arts.  Franklin served as Coordinator of the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and promotion of songwriters in the state of North Carolina from 2009 to 2015.

Believing you should always follow your passions, Franklin continues to find ways to involve herself with education.  She released her first album, With Love, in 2006, wrote her first children’s book in 2010, and published two more books in 2015.

NCSC Board at Annual Membership Meeting & Open Mic, February 2011 (L to R: Chuck Champion, Patricia Franklin, Tammy Griffith, Louise Bendall, John Cloer, Cate Cloer, Kirk Ridge)

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