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Mrs. Patricia Underwood

Communication Arts




1975  BA English William Jewell College

Teaching Certification UMKC 


I have been teaching at Liberty Academy since 1999. Before joining the Academy faculty, I taught GED at Platte County Vo-Tech for one semester. Also I taught college courses for adults with developmental disabilities (CEADD) at Maple Woods Community College. I taught Sunday school, as well, to a youth group, and to the Ruth Fidelis class of elderly ladies.


Courses I have taught at the Academy include Contemporary Literature, Applied Writing, Creative Writing, Speech, GED preparation, Communication Arts I and II, and Health. Also I have always been involved in the district's computer learning programs, from the days of NovaNET to e2020 courses.


In 1975 I graduated from William Jewell College, magna cum laude, with a BA in English. Later I earned my teaching certification at UMKC. While I was at William Jewell, I did three years of work study in the library, plus I had a summer library internship at the Kansas City Public Library. Also I spent two years a a counselor at Camp Windemere in the Lake of the Ozarks. My senior year I studied in Harlaxton, England. From there I was able to visit many lovely and historic sites in England and Wales, as well as visit Leningrad, USSR; Paris; Barcelona; Rome; and more.


I married and had two children who are now grown. My daughter is married and living in Atlanta with her husband. My son lives in Liberty.


School takes up most of my time and energy, but it's worth it. I love helping kids learn and grow. When I see them using some knowledge I have helped them "get," I'm proud. What's even cooler, so are they! I'm learning all the time; it keeps me young. The Academy is a small environment, so we get to set the kids several times a day. We get to know them pretty well, so we have a better idea of how to motivate them, engage them in a particular lesson, even if it a subject they don't like. I think it is possible to make a difference--academically and personally--with these youth. That's really motivating for me.






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