I’m a mid-twenties, early-career, woodshop-esque teacher in an environmental science program in a very progressive therapeutic private school for students with neurological differences. My job involves a little of everything: lesson planning, curriculum building, community outreach, technology literacy (hence this blog), gardening, erecting permanent structures on campus, wearing a tool belt, generally being awesome and so on.
I’m a Texan by way of Virginia (like the original hero in the original western, The Virginian by Owen Wister) with die-hard Boston/Maine family connections and a love of the Pats and BoSox. I graduated from Virginia Tech in ’05 with a degree in English, on the Creative Writing track and have turned what is essentially a hobby into my career. Currently, I’m enrolled at Leslie University in Cambridge, Mass for a Master’s in Ed. degree. Check off the wife and two young children box, and yes, I’m living my dream everyday. I am, and have been, extremely blessed.
I intend this blog to try and answer a question: What Makes A Successful Teacher? I probably won’t answer that question but I will bring in all the things that make my work successful – Gear, Guts and Knowledge (that should be a catch-phrase sometime). I hope I have something to teach or show you,but you probably have more to teach me. Just like my kids.
– Mr. Patrick.