Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. in Elementary Education from Winthrop University M.Ed. in Elementary Education from USC-Columbia Certification in:Elementary Education and Mathematics Education National Board Certification in Young Adulthood Mathematics
Ms. Patricia E. Toepke
I am a Mathematics teacher and Teacher Cadet instructor at Aiken High School. Though born in New Milford, CT, I have lived in Aiken, SC since 1968. I attended Mead Hall, St. Mary's, and graduated from Saint Angela Academy in 1984 as the salutatorian. I always wanted to be a teacher, though originally, I wanted to teach elementary school, so I graduated from Winthrop University with a B.S. in Elementary Education (graduating Summa Cum Laude) in 1988 and USC-Columbia with an M.Ed. in Elementary Education in 1989.
My first teaching assignment was at L.B.C. Middle School where I taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics, science, and geography for 10 years. In 1999, after having obtained my SC certification in High School Mathematics, I transferred to Aiken High School, where I have taught Math Tech I, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Probability and Statistics, SAT Prep, and am currently teaching Precalculus Honors, Calculus Honors, and Teacher Cadet. I have been the Mathematics Department Chairperson for several years and I am currently the sponsor of the Math Team.
I was L.B.C.'s Teacher of the Year in 1991, and I was Aiken High School's Teacher of the Year and named to the District Honor Council in 2007. I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and have served as the Vice-President of High Schools, the President-Elect, the President, and I am currently serving as the Treasurer of ACCTM (Aiken County Council of Teachers of Mathematics.)
This will be my 31st year in the teaching profession, and I cannot have imagined doing anything else!