By: Samantha Charron
This fall, Oyster Bay High School welcomed Ms. Patterson, a new math teacher, into the OBEN school community. Having taught previously at Brooklyn Ascend High School, this year marks Ms. Patterson’s fourth year in teaching. In order to get to know her a bit better, Ms. Patterson agreed to sit down with The Harbour Voice to tell us a little bit about herself:
Name, hometown, current town?
Deniece Patterson, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, and I currently live in Queens, NY.
Where did you attend high school, college, and grad school?
I went to Edward R. Murrow High School before going to Stonybrook University for both grad and undergrad.
What made you want to start teaching?
I’ve always loved working with students and have always been great with math, so I decided to combine the two.
What age range of students have you worked with? Do you enjoy teaching particular grade levels/courses more than others?
I have worked with many different age groups of students. I started as an after school teacher for 3rd graders, I’ve taught college-level courses to freshmen at Stonybrook University, and lastly, high school. I particularly enjoy teaching high school and college-level math.
What are your greatest strengths as an educator?
My greatest strength as an educator is building connections and rapport with students.
What is your greatest professional achievement? What is one moment from your career that makes you proud?
One thing that makes me proud as an educator is being able to combine my passions and share with my students while being able to teach math.
Why did you choose to work at OBHS?
I chose to work at OBHS because I believed in the mission of Oyster Bay. I was looking for a school that appreciated sports, arts, and academics, and that is exactly what Oyster Bay embodies.
Any fun facts about yourself (unique talents, hobbies, travels, etc.)?
I love to sing, dance, and read interesting novels.