Patricia Shaffer

Phone: (910) 436-1436 ext. 4211


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Environmental Engineering Michigan Technological Engineering M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Concordia University

Patricia Shaffer

Subject: Math

B.S. Environmental Engineering Michigan Technological University

                  M.ED. Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Mathematics Concordia University

Experience: 2000 - 2003 Wichita High School South  Wichita Kansas

                     2013 - Current Harnett County Schools High School Math

I have never been more excited to start a school year.  I had plenty to do and enjoyed my summer break but I am thrilled to be back at work doing what I love.  This year I am working on the final requirements to earn my national board certification.  It is a rigorous process and I am learning a lot.  I hope to impress upon my students that learning doesn't stop when you get that cap and gown.  At a synposium I went to this summer the board of buisness owners all stated how important it is that their employees be willing and even eager to learn.  I want to model life long learning to my students.   

2019-2020 Let's Go

Back Story:  I was born and raised in Michigan and I find the winters here in North Carolina to be much ado about nothing. I went to college at Michigan Technological University and if you want to see some real snow check out the web cam almost any time between December and March. I can't think of a time there wasn't a white Christmas up there and I even know of a couple times there was a white Halloween.

I met the love of my life in high school and followed him up to Michigan Tech for college. After he graduated we got married and he started Air Force pilot training while I finished up school.I joined him in Florida then Oklahoma, then we finally settled down for a while in Kansas. By this time I had been out of school for over a year but couldn't get a job as an environmental engineer in any of the places we had been in yet. I knew we weren't going to be in Florida or Oklahoma for very long and no one wants to hire a brand new engineer on a short term basis. It turned out in Kansas no one wanted to hire an engineer with a one year gap in her resume either.

Out of sheer boredom I got a job at McDonald's during one of my husband's deployments. Someone there recommended that I try substitute teaching. I was surprised to find out you didn't need a teaching degree to be a substitute. I was even more surprised to find out you didn't need a teaching degree to be a real teacher either. I was able to get into a classroom as the teacher while I took classes to become a teacher. Here in North Carolina it is similar to the lateral entry program for teachers. I truly loved teaching in Kansas.

Suddenly it was time to move again, this time to Texas. Since we were also about to have our first daughter I didn't teach in Texas. I didn't teach in Florida when we got moved there and we had our second daughter. However, here in North Carolina the kids were both ready to go to school full time and I decided I wanted to teach again. For the last 5 years I have been teaching in Harnett and Wake counties.

My husband hit his 20 years in the Air Force and has retired, our dream house is here in the area.  Our moving days are done and I plan to be here for a long long time.  My girls are now in the 7th and 10th grades at Overhills Middle and Overhills High.


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