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About Patty

I am beginning my fourth year at Barton Open School, but this is my 32nd year teaching in Minneapolis. How fast the years have gone by. I began my teaching career by tutoring for 5 years in both reading and math. The bulk of my teaching career was at North Star Primary School. With the impending closing of that school I began the search for a new school. How fortunate I was to land at Barton.

I have a strong commitment to the public school system and in particular the Minneapolis Public Schools. I am a life long resident of Minneapolis, living in the Diamond Lake neighborhood. My two children are Minneapolis Public School graduates, both attending South High School. Presently my daughter, Alyssa, lives and works in Washington D. C. My son, David, lives and works in Minneapolis. The children in my room hear a lot about my children and my husband, Doug. I feel it is critical to have an honest and authentic relationship with the children I spend so much time with each day.

I LOVE my job. I feel lucky to come to a job every morning that excites and stimulates me. It is my belief that I am creating lifelong learners. I, too, am a lifelong learner. I spend lots of time during the school year reading professional journals and books, In the summer months I usually take a week long Literacy course at Hamline University. In addition I teach and attend several workshops and seminars, usually dealing with math and science. For relaxation I like to travel, garden, sew and read. This summer I spent much of August hiking in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Badlands!