I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from U.S.C., and a Masters of Education from Auburn University-Montgomery. This is my 13th year as a Social Studies teacher in the LAW Magnet program at E.L. Wright. I became an educator because I believe that education is the foundation of a free society. I am married with two daughters, 12 and 14 years of age. I enjoy running, reading, and traveling.
I have a Bachelors of Music Education from Winthrop University, and I have been the Orchestra Director at E. L. Wright for the past seven years. I also teach private cello lessons through my private studio, and direct the top orchestra in the Community School for the Arts Summer Strings Camp in Charlotte, N.C. I also previously served as the Director of the Union Symphony Youth Cello Choir in Union, N.C. My primary instrument is the cello, which I play professionally at a variety of ensembles including the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, the Union Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony as well as giging in the Charlotte and Columbia areas. My goal is to inspire students to be lifelong music lovers and advocates. I believe that while many students do not aspire to become professional musicians, they will all learn invaluable skills through their involvement in our orchestra program and become better people through their musical experiences. Music is a powerful thing. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Hunter, who is often seen moving many a chair and stand at our concerts, for four years. We have an incredibly adorable son, Gabriel, who is just about to turn two. I love to read, watch movies, go on road trips, especially to the beach, and just spend time with my family.
The E. L. Wright Warrior Football team will square off against the Longleaf Leopards on Wednesday, October 4th at E. L. Wright Middle School. Tickets cost $4 to get in and the game starts at 4 pm. Come out and cheer on the Warriors!
The E. L. Wright Girl’s Volleyball team will host Dent Middle School on Monday in a best of 3 set match. The game will start at 3 pm in the E. L. Wright Gymnasium. Tickets to the match are $2.
Volleyball will also be in action on Wednesday, October 4th as they square off against Longleaf Middle School at E. L. Wright. The game starts at 3 pm and tickets are $2.
Ms. Alex Patterson has been teaching her Art students one point perspective. “One point perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single ‘vanishing point’ on the horizon line. It is a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper (or other drawing surface) so that they look three-dimensional and realistic” (studentstartingguide.com). Ms. Patterson is shown in the picture teaching two of her students about one point perspective one day after school.
I received my bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Education from Kent State University at Stark, and my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia. After graduating from Kent State, I subbed in Ohio for two years. I was then hired to teach Math here at E. L. Wright eight years ago. I now teach 7th grade Social Studies in the IB program. I wanted to become an educator, and specifically, in middle school, due to my own experiences. I felt that my middle school teachers lacked compassion and I was left behind in the chaos. I wanted to make changes and have a positive effect on my students. I live with my husband Mitch, and our three cats. We’ve made a few friends who have become like close family since moving to South Carolina, but our own families are in Ohio and Michigan. I love reading, writing, and baking.
Congratulations to Mrs. Erica Leach, who was recognized this past Tuesday at the Richland Two’s School Board meeting for being E. L. Wright’ s Teacher of Year. Mrs. Leach was also recognized as an Honor Roll teacher because she was one of four finalists for District Teacher of the Year!