Pat holds lifetime certification to teach Spanish, French and English on the secondary level. She also has completed all necessary coursework and student teaching for foreign language teacher certification on the elementary level. Her master’s is in computer science education. Post master’s study includes coursework in learning styles, multiple intelligences and brain studies.
In her first year of teaching she started the departments of Spanish and French at the Oak Creek Junior High School. After leaving Oak Creek she taught for the Metro District of the United Methodist Church and for the Racine Department of Human Resources. She has also taught for MATC and currently teaches for two departments at UWM: CFK/T (College for Kids/Teens) and SCE (School of Continuing Education); so her students truly range in age from 5 to 95!
At age 16 she lived in Panamá for the summer, and has since traveled to Spain, France, Germany and El Salvador; led student trips to Mexico (1990-2000); and participated in a mission trip to Honduras in 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. She has attended the annual state foreign language teachers convention (WAFLT) as an attendee, a presenter and as an exhibitor. In 1994 she founded Pat’s Puzzles, a small company that creates games and activities for the foreign language classroom; and currently makes these products available to other foreign language teachers. Other activities include singing with several choral groups, taking aqua aerobics classes and, once in awhile, getting out her tap shoes for a quick “time step”!