Patty has had a passion for teaching children since she was old enough to make her younger brother sit in a desk and pretend to do school. She left her Canadian roots and attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Her and her husband moved to Texas where she began her teaching career, starting in 1st and 2nd grade and then moving to 5th and 6th grade, all at inner city schools. After 12 years, she left her teaching career to begin the homeschooling journey that has taken her through the last 24 years. The last of 5 boys will graduate in 2023, all of them homeschooled. Along the way, Patty has taught at numerous tutorials and coop’s, depending on where her boys were attending at the time. Classes have included General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, Classical Conversations, Sonlight Unit High School classes and a lots of math tutoring. Four years ago, their family moved to Tennessee for her husband’s job and they have quickly fallen in love with living in the ‘mountains’, especially after 30 years in Texas.
She also has extensive musical training, having completed several exam requirements for the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Even after over 25 years of teaching private piano lessons, she never tires of watching a student learn to play something they love.
Lately, she has also added theater to her activities. She has taught some classes through Christian Youth Theater and has now been stage manager for 2 shows. As she nears the end of a very fulfilling homeschooling career, she wants to continue to help other students reach their God given potential and instill in them a love of learning that brings them closer to Christ. She continues to work with kids at church, directing her churches children’s department and in her spare time, loves to garden, hike and spend time with family and friends.
She is excited to be joining the staff at Renew and to continue to encourage others to seek out what she feels is the most important thing in life, our relationship with Jesus.