"Our job requires that we teach our students many skills, but perhaps the most important skill we teach them is how to find out what they need to know," says Pat Graff, who teaches journalism and communication skills at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. Ms. Graff believes that "education must be flexible and innovative, energetic and novel, disciplined and caring. My philosophy of teaching," she adds,"is that I need to provide my students with as many different experiences as possible, both inside and outside the classroom." Ms. Graff organizes field trips, invites guest speakers, and encourages her classes to submit their work to writing contests as ways of establishing a vital link between the classroom and the world. Ms. Graff insists, however, that the most important activity that is pursued in her classes is the "celebration of diversity in ourselves and others." Ms. Graff, who is perpetually in search of new ways to expand her journalism and media curriculum, would like to have the opportunity to develop a student-run broadcast news program.
I am currently the co-coordinator for the ABQ Network To Transform Teaching federal SEED grant work in Albuquerque Public Schools. This is a 3-year program with $1.5 million to support teachers as candidates for National Board Certification and to build teacher leadership positions in the district.
1976 Oklahoma State University, B.S., University of New Mexico, MA
National Board Certified Teacher