Patrick Chapman '13, '15

Patrick ChapmanTeacher, Monroe Catholic High School

Major: Secondary Education; Master's in Education

The fact that I was able to be in a first grade classroom during my third week of college gave me ample opportunity to understand how to be a teacher and how to run a classroom.

I knew I wanted to be a teacher since the 7th grade, but it wasn’t until high school that I found my love of history. I was lucky that my passions for education and history were expertly crafted at the University of Portland.

In my work as a teacher, I often use what I learned in courses such as classroom management. By the time I finished my undergraduate degree, I had more than 1,500 hours of classroom time, giving me a comfort level that few other first-year teachers have going into their first day.

Now, I have just completed the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education program through the University of Portland, in which I was able to earn my master’s degree in education and spend two years teaching at a regional underserved school. I taught history and physical education classes as well as serving as an assistant basketball coach at Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. I’m looking forward to the fall when I will be returning to Monroe to teach, coach, and serve as assistant athletic director. The school is small, but it has a wonderful and supportive community. Seeing how the teachers, parents, and alumni dedicate their time to the school makes me want to give more time and energy to it as well.


University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798