Patricia Kirkpatrick earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at New Mexico State University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling at University of New Mexico. She had an amazing opportunity to work with adolescents in a recreational therapy program that entailed going rock climbing and rappelling in the mountains of New Mexico. After moving to Florida to be closer to her family, Mrs. Kirkpatrick enjoyed counseling high risk adolescents and their families for 4 years. When her husband was transferred to Colorado, she joined him and changed career paths to open a state of the art KinderCare in Parker, Colorado. After 3 years, she and her family moved back to Florida where she changed career paths once more to become a math teacher in a private school setting. Over the years, she has attended seven different colleges/universities to continue her education as she believes it is important to always grow and learn more about the world. Mrs. Kirkpatrick has taught math to elementary, middle, and high school students in private and public school settings since 2000. She strives to help students enjoy math and gain a better understanding of how math is implemented in life.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick enjoys reading, exercising, going to the beach and camping with her 2 daughters and husband. She is proud to have raised two daughters that completed dual enrollment courses at FSW and are heading into STEM fields – physician assistant and biomedical engineer. She is inspired to teach at Florida Southwestern Collegiate High School due to the focus on STEM and project based learning.