Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing Q&A profile series introducing new teachers that have joined Ardmore City Schools.

Patrice Mortson

Position: Third Grade Teacher

School: Lincoln Elementary

Years in education: Nine

Q: What made you decide to work in schools?

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  My dream began on a dairy farm in rural California where I would take my chalkboard out and try and teach the cows their ABCs. By becoming a teacher, my dreams have come true. Now, I want to help my students realize that their dreams, no matter how big or small, can and will come true in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.  I am very excited to continue my dream here in Ardmore.

Q: What is your favorite part of doing your job?

My favorite part of teaching, and the thing that is most rewarding to me, is that “a-ha” moment in a student’s life. When a student has been working so incredibly hard to master a concept, the moment when, for whatever reason, be it a new lesson, a read-aloud book, another student explaining the concept in a different way or by sheer determination and persistence, the student looks up with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face and says: “Oh, now I get it!” I absolutely love seeing students grow academically, socially and emotionally while cultivating the excitement of learning.

Q: What kind of impact do you want to make in your students’ lives?

My desire is to inspire students to work hard, pursue their goals and motivate them with the mindset that they can make their dreams come true and accomplish amazing things. I want students to remember me as the teacher who made learning exciting, fun, and engaging. I hope to connect with students and have them know that I am committed to their well-being, both inside and outside the classroom.