Pat Pollack is the Director of Professional Development, a Senior Product Developer, and a Content Editor at Schoolwide, Inc. Pat was an elementary classroom teacher for over 19 years. From there she began a career as an administrator, holding several different titles, such as Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Curriculum, in various districts in New York and New Jersey.
Throughout her educational career, Pat has presented regularly at Board of Education meetings, teacher staff development sessions, and local as well as regional and national conferences. Because of her dedication to education, Pat received the Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award for a Distinguished Educator/Community member.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/ Psychology from SUNY Oswego, a Master of Science degree in Reading and Literacy from St. Thomas Aquinas College, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration and Supervision from SUNY New Paltz.
If you ask Pat why she decided to become a teacher, she will tell you she had an inspirational grade school teacher and realized what a gift it was to be able to work with children. The four things that Pat loves most about teaching are the interactions between the children, the wonder in their eyes, the connections educators make with children, and watching students learn and grow. What Pat loves most about working at Schoolwide is the learning that comes with preparing for different school settings, traveling to different locations in the U.S., and having the chance to learn about different educational systems. She also enjoys the interactions with her colleagues, the laughs they share, and the great sense of innovation and opportunity that pervades the company. When she is not leading professional development workshops or creating materials for Schoolwide, Pat truly enjoys cooking, spending time with family, walking, reading, and watching sports.