Pattison teachers going colonial

Andrew Glover, Katy Times

Seven Pattison Elementary third grade teachers with the help of a grant provided by Fund for Teachers, will take a trip to the Historic Triangle June 4-9, to enhance their curriculum of Early America.

The Historic Triangle is made up of the historic sites of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. The seven teachers are: Beth Emerson, Jill Hortness, Whitney LaRocca, Regina Thompson, Pennylane Lara, Laura Sanders and Cathie Paz. The group named themselves “Team Jamestown” and was all filled with excitement about receiving the grant.

Six Pattison Elementary teachers will get a real hands-on look at colonial America. Pictured here (left to right) are (front) Jill Hortness, Whitney LaRocca;,(middle) Beth Emerson, Regina Thompson;(back) Cathie Paz, Pennylane Lara and Laura Sanders.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Paz said in the Pattison Elementary Conference Room.

“This is the second time we’ve applied for the grant,” LaRocca said.

“With this being the 400th anniversary, they have done up Jamestown.” Lara aid the group is honored with receiving the grant.

“Tons of applicants applied and we were chosen,” Lara said.

The six of them agreed that the trip would definitely impact their teaching of the Early American time period.

“We (Team Jamestown) feel this trip will open our children’s eyes, as well as our own eyes, to just how far we have come in 400 years, and the gratitude we should have for those that paved the way for this great nation.” Emerson said in the grant proposal.

“It will help us bring Jamestown to life and bring it to the classroom,”

“You can only learn so much from textbooks and pictures,” LaRocca said.

“Students learn about American History in fifth grade, so hopefully our excitement for the unit will spark their interest.”

“It will be a good base for them to take to fifth grade,” Sanders said.

Emerson said the teachers would be looking at artifacts to build resource kits.

With a $7,500 budget they only have enough money for one kit but with the support of the community and third grade parents, they have raised enough money for two resource kits.

All seven teachers said they are excited about just going there.

“The fact that we can go as a team, and come back and collaborate as a team will benefit out curriculum of Early America,” Lara said.

“When you dedicate your life to teaching, you’re a lifelong learner.” Emerson said. “We can better our student’s lives and our lives by going on this trip.”

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America and is located southeast of Richmond, VA.

Yorktown was the final battle in the American Revolution that resulted in the surrender of the British.