Patrice Ann Schanck
Klickitat (Grade 5 and 6) teacher
Patrice was born in Virginia, where her early exposure to civility, civics and the American Revolution framed her ideas about the need to balance the virtue of good manners, the desire for personal liberty and the consideration of the greater social good. She explores the dynamic tension between these ideas today in her teaching.
She moved to the Pacific Northwest when she was eight. As a student at Catlin Gabel School she was exposed to truly progressive American education; the seeds of her philosophy as a teacher were laid then. She went on to get a B.A. from Reed College in English Literature and, later, a Masters Degree in Education from Lewis and Clark College.
As an educator, a belief in mutual respect between student and teacher, in-depth inquiry and creativity is her credo. She loves being at The Gardner School, where she can do the kind of teaching in which she believes.
Patrice has had a number of life experiences that have contributed to her teaching, including being a reporting intern for a major daily newspaper, an acoustic musician, a workshop leader and lecturer, and a free-lance writer. Patrice is married and has one daughter who is attending Catlin Gabel High School and is a member of The Portland Ballet Youth Company.