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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.