Mrs. Patterson began teaching in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  After earning her BA degree in English/Theater Arts and teaching credential from California State University, Northridge, she taught English and Theater Arts in the Los Angeles Unified and Torrance Unified School Districts.  Mrs. Patterson has taught 6th--12th grade English, Leadership, and Theater.  As a fellow with the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach under Dr. Ron Strahl, Mrs. Patterson served as a teacher and mentor to students and teachers alike.