Patricia has been teaching for decades in both public and private schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of New Orleans, a Masters of Arts Degree in Literature from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and has completed half the course work for a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of North Texas. She is the recipient of the Top Ten Teacher Award in Texas from the University of Texas, a Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas Endowment for the Humanities, and has studied literature at the University of Rochester under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A professional writer and editor, Patricia has authored two reference books: reading for secondary school students and reaching the reluctant reader. As well as those works in print, she has had a novel published and is currently working on a second book of fiction. Patricia’s motto is: “Education is the transmission of culture,” and as such, she believes that what transpires with students in the classroom should be a joy, not a chore.
When not teaching, writing, and editing, Patricia enjoys reading (her friends label her a “bibliomaniac”), attending movies and theater, visiting second-hand bookstores, participating in girlfriends’ weekends across the country, and assisting Southwest Airlines increase their revenues with her flights to San Diego to visit with her son and her new daughter-in-law. She teaches several levels of English and History at Fusion and feels privileged to be associated with such a wonderful school.