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Pat Raftery

Pat Raftery
Pat Raftery
Lead Teacher - 1st
Phone: 678-336-3300
Groups: Lower School

First Grade Lead Teacher

B.S., Elementary Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up?  What was it about him/her that impacted you?

One of my most influential teachers was in 8th grade. I attended a Catholic school, and Sr. Rita saw the potential in a shy, awkward student, myself, and helped me to find my wings and soar. She was always ready to listen and reach out to others, myself included, to feel accepted. I think this is how I try to reach students. I listen and try to show them that I really do care about them and want them to try their best in all that they do.

Why do you teach or work at a school?

I have always enjoyed working with children. Even as a young child, I would play school and have all my younger brothers and sisters be my class. I also volunteered in summer camps and did lots of babysitting.

What was your biggest a-ha moment as a teacher or school administrator?

My biggest a-ha moment was my first year of teaching in a rural Kindergarten class. As the year started and I had all these busy, lively young children in my class, I realized that teaching is not anything like the textbooks described in college. It looked much easier on paper than in real life. In all my years of teaching, I have managed to find the humor in everything. If things are not going as planned, I try to get the students and myself laughing. Laughter releases stress and gives me chance to regroup.  Ultimately, I can see that I am not in charge, He is.