Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Patricia LaMothe

Patty grew up on a farm in Ohio where she played and worked in cooperation with others and alone. Her childhood was full of life outside, school, church, and family. As an adult, she has traveled extensively in North America and South/Southeast Asia.  She has lived in three countries other than the United States and has communicated in two languages other than English for long periods of time.

Patty has had the privilege of teaching children as young as three years old and adults as old as fifty years old. She has taught in Vermont, East Timor, Cambodia, British Columbia (Canada), Ohio, and Montana.  She held certification for teaching elementary school in Ohio and in British Columbia for many years, but currently holds a Professional Educator’s Level II License in Vermont as well as certification in Montana. Facilitating learning is her vocation, it is her lifelong passion, it brings her fulfillment. She is grateful for the opportunity to help your child learn and grow in many areas this year. Patty’s heart sings when a child’s eyes light up with learning while they are working together.

The things that bring her joy other than teaching are hiking, camping, riding bikes, cross country skiing, reading, gardening, and visiting friends. Patty and her husband share a love of the outdoors that has taken them on many adventures in state and national parks. They really like hiking to and in the high alpine above tree line!

Undergraduate Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education,  College of Mount Saint Joseph on the Ohio

Post-Graduate Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Theology, St. Michael’s College
  • 32 graduate credit hours in education from St. Michael’s College, Johnson State College

Activities

  • Singer in parish folk group
  • Evening classes in early childhood education
  • Volunteer for C.O.T.S. at various times of the year
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corp Northwest, 2 years in Montana
  • Frontier Apostolate, British Columbia for 6 years
  • Member of Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Cambodia and East Timor for 9 years

Honors or Awards

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Canadian Missionary of the Year

Best Mater Christi Moment (thus far)

  • Drumming with Pre-Kindergarten children during Advent
  • Doing science experiments with students
  • Praying, creating, reading, and playing outside with Pre-Kindergarten children

Inspirational Quote

  • “I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.”   Tracy Chapman
  • Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.

 

Kindergarten Teacher