As a first-year teacher, I started the Spanish and French departments at the Oak Creek Junior High School (Oak Creek, Wisconsin) with 750 students my first year. I taught Spanish at both the Jr. and Sr. High schools for 33 years, including Exploratory level through Spanish V. During this time I also taught evening Spanish classes for MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College). I left public school teaching to teach for the Metro Milwaukee District of the United Methodist Church, for the City of Racine Department of Human Resources/Affirmative Action and for the Oak Creek Recreation Department. While teaching evenings for the above mentioned entities, I also took several long-term subbing assignments during the day: Veritas HS (Milwaukee); Racine Lutheran HS (Racine); Forest Park Middle School (Frankliln). I taught Spanish for Futura Language Professionals for three years at two schools; St. Charles Borromeo (grades 1-8) in the mornings, and St. John the Evangelist (grades 6-8) in the afternoons. I am currently teaching for two UWM (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) departments. Summers, I teach for the UWM-CFK/CFT program (College for Kids/College for Teens) for which I also create new curriculum each summer. Evenings, I teach for the UWM-SCE (School of Continuing Education) department (College for Adults).
•a combination of competition and cooperation •a variety of activities (word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, songs, games, dances) •a variety of groupings (whole class, teams, small groups, partners, individual work) •a good sense of humor and enthusiasm for learning •a love of language
•First Place, National Spanish Exam (1962-1966) Wauwatosa West HS; •PTA Scholarship Award Winner; Wauwatosa West HS; •President-Sigma Delta Pi--National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,UW-Whitewater chapter; •Presenter at 1994 WAFLT* Convention (Appleton, WI); •Exhibitor (Pat’s Puzzles) at WAFLT* Conventions 1994-2004; •Futura Integrated Teacher of the Year (2011); *WAFLT=Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers
•Studied Spanish 11 years: 6th grade (Wauwatosa school system) through college (UW-Whitewater) •Studied French at UW-Whitewater •Lived for the summer with host family in Panamá when I was 16 •BS in Education; Majors in Spanish and French (UW-Whitewater) •English certification (UW-Milwaukee) •Lifetime Certification: Secondary Education; Spanish, French, English •Master’s of Science in Computer Science Education (Cardinal Stritch University; Milwaukee, WI) •Additional classes in brain studies, learning styles and curriculum planning (Viterbo and Marian universities) *Licensed CSCI (Command Spanish Certified Instructor) Command Spanish®, Inc.
Personal: Married to David L. White (poet, printer, writer, thinker) who used to refer to my summers as “the longest prep period of the year”. Music: Sang in church choirs for most of my life--first under the direction of my mother (an elementary-school music teacher/choir director/church organist) and for the last 25+ years, under the direction of one of my French students from my first year teaching (750 students) I play piano, my husband plays guitar. We “make beautiful music together.” Travel: Lived in Panamá for the summer at age 16; Spent six weeks in Spain and France with my youngest brother in 1974, also visiting with my other brother who was stationed in Germany at the time; Spent Easter break in El Salvador (1979)--one week before the revolution broke out! Attended the 1984 AATSP*Convention in Mexico City and traveled Mexico solo for 16 days; Personal trips to Mexico in 1984,1985,1989; Led student trips to Mexico 1990-2000, attending the Cuaunáhuac Institute in Cuernavaca; Traveled to Honduras in the summer of 1999 in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch as part of our church’s mission team. Business: Founded Pat’s Puzzles (1994)-Games and Activities for the foreign language classroom. *AATSP=American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese