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Patrice Counts, TBE PrincipalAll children are important at Tom Bean Elementary.  Each day should bring excitementand fulfillment where education is enjoyed, not just experienced.  As educators, we wish to be partners with our students’ parents.  We believe that parental involvement greatly contributes to improved student achievement, attendance, motivation, self-concept and behavior.  It is a privilege at Tom Bean Elementary to work with our girls and boys in our continued quest for excellence.  We appreciate our parent and community support and rely on their continued dedication to our school.

My name is Patrice Counts.  I am the Principal at Tom Bean Elementary.  I began my educational career here at Tom Bean Elementary in 1997. Previous to becoming the principal, I taught 4th grade for twelve years, served as a substitute teacher for many years, have been a parent volunteer, as well as, an executive member of PTO.  I am very excited to have been given the privilege to serve the students, parents, and teachers of our school in a leadership capacity.

My husband, Greg and I have lived in Tom Bean since 1984.  Greg attended Tom Bean ISD from first through twelfth grade.  I attended Sherman ISD from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  I also hold an Associates Degree from Grayson County College, a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, and a Masters of Education Degree from Texas Woman’s University.  Greg and I have two sons, Shawn, who is a 2004 graduate of Tom Bean High School and holds a Bachelor of  Science Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  He is a baseball coach at Grayson County College and lives with his wife, Kimberly, a CRNA, and son, Davis in Sherman. Our youngest son, Travis, is a 2011 Tom Bean High School graduate. He proudly serves in the United States Air Force in the MWD K9 Unit. Travis has one daughter named Lexy and is stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

            As a parent myself, I understand many of your cares, concerns and even proud moments!  Please feel free to call me to discuss any of these. Our number at school is 546-6333.  My E-Mail address is

            Once again, thank you for sharing your most precious possession with me, YOUR CHILD!  I know that together, we can make this year the most successful and exciting school year ever!



Patrice Counts, M.Ed.


Tom Bean Elementary