Patricia Hatch is an educator at heart. Currently teaching middle school English, she is also pursuing certification as an academic language professional. Patricia is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy. Her twenty+ years in a variety of educational roles have influenced her desire to work with students experiencing learning differences. On the side, Patricia also teaches private string lessons and serves on the board for Piedmont Music Academy. She enjoys playing viola, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
The longer story:
To hear my Momma tell it, she planned to name me Elizabeth. But nine months of everybody and their Granny asking how Elizabeth was gettin’ along, and Momma took alternate suggestions. My big brother, Allan, offered up “Patricia” and apparently it stuck. Growing up at the base of the Tennessee mountains with two loving parents, a bunch of older siblings and some cats, Life was pretty sweet.
Eventually I attended college, planning to be Michelle Pfeiffer from the movie, Dangerous Minds. My plan involved unleashing my educational superpowers on Boston. Yet right before graduation, I took a job in Columbia, SC instead. The principal at the time told me he had enough inner city for me right there, and I could always go to Boston later. He must have laughed to himself after our interview; he had just hired an overly confident twenty-two year old from Tennessee that got her degree from a college nicknamed “The Country Club of the South.” I was the fifth teacher that class had seen in four months; one teacher had a mental breakdown; I was the one who survived.
Today I spend most of my time teaching English to middle schoolers. In addition, I am pursuing my certification as a language professional and am teaching orchestral string lessons. Throw in the underlying constant role of single parent and well, it’s a whirlwind! It’s worth every. single. twirl. I could fill in lots of blanks, but I won’t spill it in our introductions.
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