Story by Devin Hester, Walker Valley Sophomore
Some know her for her love of cats and Corvettes, but there is much more to Mrs. Patricia Howard, an original faculty member at Walker Valley. She can be found in the Learning Lab located in the Humanities Academy. Always positive and upbeat, Mrs. Howard is a favorite among students and peers.
Mrs. Howard grew up in Chicago, IL. She then moved to Boston, MA, and graduated from high school there. She lived in Boston for two and a half years. She went to college at the University of Massachusetts for one year then moved to Cleveland due to her father’s work schedule. When she moved here, she did not go back to college for a year. Finally, she decided to go to Cleveland State and UTC. She paid for all of her college expenses on her own. She worked at Belk and babysat and was able to pay for college.
After she graduated from college, she taught third grade at Prospect Elementary and then went to North Lee and worked as a librarian for a few years. Also, she worked at a book store for nine years and at a nursing home as a custodian. She grew up always wanting to be a teacher. “Teaching is my passion,” she stated.
Mrs. Howard met her husband, Terry, at Belk. She worked in the Menswear Department and Terry came in to buy clothes. When he was checking out he asked her out on a date. They have now been happily married for 41 years. They also have three sons together. Chris who is 37, Andrew who is 28, and Steven who would have been 25. Steven passed away two years ago.
Mrs. Howard is a very enthusiastic and great woman. Some advice she gives to students who are struggling is, “NEVER GIVE UP!”