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Patricia M. Massengale

Assistant Professor of Education
Academic Background
Bachelor of Science - Elementary and Early Childhood Education - Winthrop University
Master's - Early Childhood Education - Piedmont College
Education Specialist - Curriculum and Instruction - Piedmont College
Ed.D - Curriculum and Instruction - Liberty University
Dr. Patricia M. Massengale

What classes do you teach at AU?

EDC 387 - Planning and Utilizing Assessment in Early Childhood
EDC 201 - The Young Child: Discipline, Growth, and Development
EDC 350 - The Young Child: Curriculum
EDC 215 - Best Practices I - Early Child (Elem/Early)
EDC 315 - Best Practices II - Early Child Field Experience
EDC 356 - Child's Place in Society: Family, School, Community
EDC 225 - Play and Early Learning

What year did you start teaching at AU?

2020

Why teach at AU?

I love the mission fit of AU and the ability to discuss Jesus Christ as I work with colleagues and students who have shared beliefs. I love getting to know teacher candidates and encouraging them as they begin teaching young minds. Providing pedagogical experiences for my students while developing relationships with them is such a positive aspect of teaching at AU.

Hobbies

I love reading, needlework, traveling, but most of all spending time with family.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

Teacher of the Year for Cherokee County's Sixes Elementary School in Canton, Georgia.

People might be interested to know I...

I am passionate about serving and engaging with students of all ages. Being the hands and feet of Jesus as I work collaboratively with colleagues and students is a personal goal I strive to achieve daily. I love writing devotionals based off of my reading and learning.

Places you've lived

Sumter, SC
Charleston, SC
Summerville, SC
Canton, GA

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

As a mother of three AU graduates, I am excited to be on this campus in another capacity as I make AU my home. I am thrilled to be a part of such an engaging and diverse faculty/staff. As a former classroom teacher of many years, I enjoy sharing my experiences and building relationships with future teachers in such a well-known, prestigious program in the College of Education. The faculty and staff are a family that has welcomed me with open arms.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

Teachers make a tremendous difference in the lives of each and every student in their classrooms. Behind every single lawyer, doctor, parent was a teacher who instilled their love for learning.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

My classes are engaging, active, thought-provoking, and relative.

Publications

A Phenomenological Study of Elementary General Education Teachers' Experiences Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - 2017