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Patty Taylor-Hoey

Northern Illinois University
BS Family & Child Studies, Nursing
 
Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have two children, Shannon and Connor.  Shannon is a recent graduate of SRCS and attending Florida State University.  Our son, Connor, is a senior this year and has aspirations of pursuing a degree in Performing Arts and Communications.  We moved to Florida seven years ago from the bustling city of Chicago, so Citrus County is a welcome respite!
 
Why did you become a teacher?
My degrees are in Social Work and Nursing, two professions that are deeply rooted in helping others.  After staying home with my children until they were school age, I decided that teaching would be the perfect meld of those two professions.  Now that I am working in a resource capacity, I am able to address the learning strengths and weaknesses of many students.  Teaching is helping others discover their own successful attributes.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
Reading, research, and genealogy.  My father was given up for adoption as a child, and his biological sister spent her life researching the family ancestry with hopes of meeting up with her brother, my father, one day.  They did eventually meet, and she presented him with her findings.  What a gift from God!  My father was able to trace his family tree back to the 1300's -- 35 generations!  We spent years perusing the information, and it became woven into the tapestry of our family.  My husband and I continue to instill in our children the same gifts that brought my aunt and my father back together: stories, traditions, and the culture of our ancestors.  "But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise."  -Psalm 79:13
 
What do you love about SRCS?
Being able to worship so freely, knowing the love of our Savior, and instilling the core values in the hearts of these children every day.