Patricia “Pat” is a Washington, D.C. native. She was educated in the D. C. Public School System, graduating in 1967 from Coolidge High School. She went on to D. C. Teachers College, graduating cum laude in 1972. She was among the first graduates in the field of Early Childhood Education at that institution.
After participating in an exchange program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, New York (NY), Pat was recruited to work with the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), a Model Cities program, in Rochester, NY. She was Director of Training and Assistance, serving the eight Model Cities Day Care Centers of Rochester, NY in Monroe County, providing in-service educational and skills training to their teachers.
She was also Educational Director of the experimental Day Care Center at ECDC. She prepared and supervised the curriculum, which contrasted the use of traditional versus open classroom environments of learning. She also supervised educationally the staff of ten teachers on site. As the center’s reputation grew, she became adjunct professor to both SUNY College at Brockport and the Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching classes in Child Development and Classroom Techniques.
When Model Cities was called to a halt, Pat's services were requested in other Monroe County and neighboring county centers, including centers for children of migrant workers.
Pat next went to the private sector as Marketing Training Specialist of Computer Consoles, Inc. (CCI), then headquartered in Rochester, NY. CCI manufactured and programmed turnkey computer systems to support the various functions of the telephone industry, such as Directory Assistance. Her first assignment was to create the programmed instruction training materials to be used to provide conversion/cutover training to their clients.
Phone companies were moving from paper or microfiche records searching to a computer search environment. She then traveled throughout the United States training the managers in the material and its presentation to their staff.
Her sharp learning curve, intelligence and people skills won her an unsolicited promotion to Marketing Software Specialist. [She was the first woman in that company so promoted and opened the door for other women to fill such positions.] She was transferred to Dallas, Texas. From Texas, she again traveled from site to site around the nation loading the computer sites’ software and databases and training their personnel. She was later transferred to and relocated to make her home base in Houston, Texas, where she had worked as a trainer.
While in Houston, Pat gave her life to Christ on February 1, 1982, the greatest moment of her life!
Teachers are researchers. Upon salvation, Pat pored over the Word, Genesis to Revelation. In Jeremiah 1:5, she was stopped bolt by the verse: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” She reflected on her first grade teacher showing her the class attendance roll book and asking her to substitute for her in her absence the next day.
She thought of how, at age six, she taught the neighborhood friends who would gather on her apartment steps every summer morning to learn reading, spelling, math and phonics. She began to believe that teaching had always been the call and anointing on her life, but of the Word instead. She is credited with making the complicated simple to understand. She has been given several certificates for her teaching, as well as, her continuing her own education.
Her most cherished certificate came from the D. C. Baptist Convention upon completion of her study of Introduction to Biblical Greek, taken to deepen her understanding of the Word, leading to even better teaching and the CPBC Excellence Award for 16 years of Sunday School teaching.
Pat kept a long-held promise to herself and returned to the DC area in 1985. She free-lanced as a teacher, working briefly for the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) as a training specialist and in the D. C. Public School System as a sixth grade teacher and Head Start teacher. She was most recently employed as the Administrative and Financial Assistant of Clifton Park Baptist Church (CPBC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ms. Pat maintained their membership and financial databases, accounts payable and receivables, supported the ministerial staff and interacted with the various church ministries.
“Miss Pat,” as her co-laboring members at CPBC called her, has served as their Church Clerk for 10 years, and as Chairperson of both the Nominating and New Members Committees. She has been called upon to teach discipleship classes. Her greatest joy in service began in 2000 when she became the teacher/facilitator of Women’s II – one of three women’s Sunday School classes, with an age range of 28-58. In 2007, she felt a strong calling from the Lord to work with the College and Career (18-21 year olds) students. They were the highlight of each week for her.
Her passion for the church caused her to be asked to work for the church where she furthered her Microsoft Suite and other skills.
Her true passion is seeing her students know the Word, but much more than that live the Word. Her guiding verses for teaching are found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Matthew 5:19-20, and James 1:22-25.
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