- M.S. in Special Education Behavior Disorders, University of Oregon
- B.S. in Special Education, Emotional Disturbance, University of Maine Farmington
- K-8, #282 Special Education
- 7-12, #282 Special Education
- K-8, #020 General Education
- K-12, #079 Special Education Consultant
Areas of Expertise
- Special Education
- Behavior Consultation
- PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
- Co-Director of SMART for Schools
Pat has worked in public and private schools since 1982 as an educational technician, special education teacher, general education teacher and behavior consultant. She has taught and/or done behavior consultation for individuals across all disability categories and from ages 3 to 63. Pat began teaching in community colleges or Universities in the mid 90’s and in 1999 she started teaching courses for USM. It was always a goal of hers to work in Teacher Education and in 2005 she left public schools for USM full time.
Pat is a member of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports and has come to see that model - a multi-tiered, positive approach to behavior management, to be a reasonable summary of her beliefs. She believes that if we establish a positive environment, set expectations, teach and acknowledge as well as address minor problem behaviors early and consistently, the need for individual behavioral intervention will be reduced and problem behaviors will hopefully be less severe. Pat’s goal is to influence individuals and groups to pursue practices that are instructional, proactive, data-based and focused on recognizing and attending to the actions that children (and adults) do well, while correcting and teaching alternatives to the actions that we want eliminated or decreased.
Pat is a state PBIS coordinator (National TA Center) and a member of Maine PBIS Leadership and Policy Council. She is also a member of the Northeast Positive Behavioral Supports Leadership Network (NEPBIS) as well as Maine PBIS Technical Assistance Center (follow on twitter)
Pat married her husband right after graduating from UMF in 1982. They have two amazing daughters whom they love spending time with. Pat’s oldest daughter graduated from UMF with a degree in Community Health in 2013 and her youngest started at Colby that September studying Biology and pre-med. She has a family that celebrates birthdays and holidays with their extended families. Pat loves a house full of company, laughing out loud, allowing a word or phrase to lead her into song, reading, gardening, walking and hiking, bird watching, dogs, cats, horses, quilting and dark, rich, exquisite (and therefore expensive) chocolate. “And I love my work.”