Long, Patty (2nd Grade)


We       Me as a Bee       Pepper  

                                The ol' KF, the Hubster and me       Me as a Bee Swarm                      HOWDY!

    Teaching Grade Four at Bell is a delight for me. Third Grade at our school was my teaching assignment since the fall of 2001 until 2008. I taught fourth grade when I first arrived at Bell in 1999, first grade 4 years at Vance Elementary, and was a second grade assistant here for Mrs. Snudden (then Ms. Goff) and Mrs. Podraza (Miss Richey, then) way back in the early 1990’s.

     I am an alumnus of Mars Hill College, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, Asheville High School (class of ’77), South French Broad Junior High School (grades 8-9), David Millard (7th grade, the last year of its existence), and Newton Elementary School – the best elementary school in my life …until C.C.Bell!

    Mrs. Charlotte Kutscher was the Librarian at Newton School. She and my teachers, especially Mrs. Frady, Miss Cline, and Mrs. Eisenhaur helped me realize I was a reader and could learn so many things and travel to so many places in my mind when I read. My mom and sisters taught me the love of nature, biology, art and poetry and to “think on my feet!” Mama especially helped me to become a “quiet, alert observer” of all things. My real understanding of math, geometry, algebra, technology, physics and chemistry came to me along the way and still comes as an adult with my husband Jeff, in my knitting, landscaping, painting, cooking, hiking, camping and rock collecting. 


Liberty Science Center    Makey   OSMO
I cannot wait to share all that I have learned with you!

    For the summer of 2014, I was selected to participate in The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, NJ. It was AWESOME! It was "summer camp" for me.  I met 150 other third, fourth and fifth grade teachers from all over our nation. We did science and math with engineers, astronauts, physicists and other teachers, with our focus being Forces and Motion. I also participated in the World View Conference hosted by Buncombe County Schools. This is a public service program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which equips K-12 and community college educators with a global knowledge, best practices, and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world.

   For the 2015-2016 School year, Bell received an NC Science Festival Grant which became part of our school's first STEAM Festival. It was a blast to plan the festival and even more fun being there!

                    Visit our festival site: http://http://ccbellsteamfestival.weebly.com/

    Our school system is involved with Project Lead the Way, a robust curriculum devoted to engaging students (and their teachers) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. For us, it is based at Duke University. I am lucky enough to have been selected to train as a PLTWLaunch Lead Teacher, which is a five-year commitment.

    I am also a continuing member of our school and our district Science Teams, Bell's ELA Team, as well as our school's AIGT and Media/Technology committees. I sponsor the fifth grade Serve Our School recycling team and assist with our school science club and Science Olympiad competitive team. I served as the School Improvement Team Chairperson 2012-2015.

   For the school year 2010-2011, I was honored to serve as Teacher of the Year for C.C. Bell Elementary, our great school and as the Reynolds District Teacher of the Year. 

Thank you to my colleagues and my students and their parents, past and present, for making this such a wonderful place to teach and learn!

That's enough about me. I look forward to learning more about YOU!