Pat Walsh began her teaching career for the San Francisco Unified School District at Jose Ortega School in a 4th grade classroom. After completing five years of teaching in San Francisco, she and her husband moved to Redwood City to start a family. Those early years were spent volunteering at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as a CCD teacher, Master Catechist, training adult volunteer teachers, and as CCD Program Coordinator for 150 public school students as well as substituting in the nearby Catholic schools. From 1985 to 1993 Pat was employed by San Carlos School District as an associate teacher and long-term substitute. In 1993 she was asked to develop and teach a resource program at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Pat obtained her Learning Handicapped Credential and in 1997 her Masters’ Degree from the University of San Francisco. Her Masters’ thesis included a handbook for administrators, titled “Responding to Special Needs in K-8 Catholic Schools” which has served as a model program, the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Since assuming the role as case manager for the junior high students that have been identified with special needs, Pat has mentored three resource teachers at Mt. Carmel, while they pursued their special education credentials and Masters’ degrees.
Pat chose a profession in education because it energizes and challenges her, she can continue to learn and share her gifts, and to help and encourage others. Her professional passions include educating parents, teachers, and students to respect and celebrate all learning differences; teaching her students to advocate for how they learn, appreciate, develop, and share their unique God- given talents.
Pat feels blessed to have been a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish since 1966 and to have her three children graduate from the school: John, class of ’80; Terri, class of ’82; and Matt, class of ’90. She is grateful to still be teaching and to have six grandchildren, the two youngest currently at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.
pwalsh (at) mountcarmel.org