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B. Patricia Stitt is the new Spanish and General Biology teacher at the Ridgway Area Middle/High School.
Stitt originated from Bogota, Colombia where she was a practicing veterinarian for 12 years, and an adjunct biology professor at the University in Bogota. It wasnâ€™t until 2004 that Stitt arrived in the United States and attended Clarion University for teaching.
Upon graduation, Stitt began teaching in the Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center.
Stitt now teaches Spanish, levels one, two, and three, along with the Spanish AP [Advanced Placement] program, General Biology for ninth grade and also serves as Spanish Club advisor.
Stitt became a teacher because in Colombia while visiting a veterinary colleague who was a professor at the university in Bogota, she was asked to teach a biology class at the university.
â€śI enjoyed teaching the class so much that I decided teaching would become part of my professional life,â€ť Stitt said. â€śWhen I arrived in the United States, I immediately enrolled at Clarion University and earned the required teaching certifications for Pennsylvania.â€ť
Stitt says Bogota differs from Ridgway because it is a very big city, and it took her some time to adjust to the small town environment.
â€śThere are no traffic jams and there arenâ€™t millions of people around you all the time. At first, my husband would take me to New York City or Pittsburgh â€“ just to feel a traffic jam again and to see more people,â€ť said Stitt. â€śBut now, I love the small town environment. It is a great experience to actually have the ability to meet and know all of the people in your community, and I do not like the traffic jams anymore.â€ť
In addition to a small community, Stitt enjoys the small school environment where everyone can become acquaintances.
â€śI enjoy the small school environment, where everyone can get to know each other on a personal level,â€ť Stitt said. â€śStudents and teachers work as a team to prepare the students for their present and future goals.â€ť
Teaching Spanish to children is rewarding for Stitt.
â€śSeeing the excitement of my Spanish students, when they realize that they can learn and use a second language with their friends, classmates and outside of school is the best part about teaching,â€ť Stitt said. â€śAnother aspect is promoting science as a learning experience that is fun, interesting and necessary for everyday life. I also enjoy helping my students to achieve their goals.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.