2018 Teacher Spotlight: Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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We are proud to introduce Inspire’s fourth “Teacher of The Year” finalist, Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Kathleen currently teaches 9th through 12th grades at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School. She teaches many science courses covering Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Science, and Forensic Science. Kathy has been teaching for 12 years, 10 years at Conwell-Egan and 2 years at Archbishop Wood School where she has loved every minute of it!

Kathy has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education from Holy Family University. She has had much success in her academic professional career. In 2008 she was chosen to be one of 30 teachers on the east coast to participate in Princeton University’s Molecular Biology Summer Research Program sponsored by HHMI. She had the opportunity to work with expensive equipment and teach a curriculum she helped develop during her time there. In 2009 she participated in a National Geographic Ocean Leadership Program with 49 other educators across the nation. She and her colleagues developed a curriculum that is still taught today at schools nationwide. Most recently in 2014, she participated in Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Immersion Science program which allows her students to gain access to up to date cancer research information and technology.

Kathy grew up in Bucks County and has been involved in her community her entire life. She has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Eucharistic Minister, Sunday School Teacher, and holds positions on local athletic boards, community clean-up initiatives, and various others. She encourages her students and her own children to get involved and make an impact in their local community.

We asked Kathleen her favorite thing about teaching and she was quick to answer. She said, “Science can be a difficult subject to teach on a conceptual level but seeing a student’s expression of comprehension is one of my favorite moments in teaching.” She also loves to hear of her former student’s successes in college and the workforce.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to educating the youth of Bucks County, Kathy & the other 10 finalists!

Over the coming weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our ten finalists for Teacher of the Year on our blog and on our Facebook page.
 

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