This is Elizabeth Pate’s first year at JPII, teaching physics, chemistry, anatomy, and algebra. Mrs. Pate made the change to teach at JPII because she was looking for a new adventure in an environment that would give her greater creative freedom with her students. “I immediately felt right at home with the students and staff here. I love coming to work everyday,” she says.
One of the things that Mrs. Pate enjoys most about teaching at JPII is that each student can get the individual attention they need everyday. Many of the students come from a wide variety of science backgrounds and have different levels of prior hands-on experiences in the classroom. Mrs. Pate makes it a point to stay after school at least two days a week for any student who needs some additional help or even one-on-one instruction.
Mrs. Pate is passionate about learning as a fluid and ongoing process. “I have been asked many times when am I going to teach physics at a collegiate level, but I honestly have no interest in that.” Mrs. Pate loves being able to watch the wheels turn in the young minds in her classroom. She loves seeing a student’s creativity come to life and how each student learns from one another in the classroom.
Outside of JPII, Mrs. Pate says her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and young daughter, Decklyn. “We love to be at the beach, watch ECU football, and our newest family adventure is international travel.” Mrs. Pate says their goal is to travel internationally every spring break. This year, they are traveling to Thailand and Vietnam.