Patricia Anderson

1958

Patricia Anderson was a role model for teacher education student. She enrolled in college and completed her degree in 1953 to become a teacher. Anderson went on to teach elementary in the Jackson Public School district, teaching first- through sixth-grades. She team taught for a number of years with a fellow teacher and tried several different programs and methods to help improve the children’s educational experience. For her influence and dedication in helping educate children, Anderson was awarded the Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year honors in 1982.

It was the middle of the 1950s, and for Patricia Anderson of Jackson, it was a time to do something different with her life.

She and husband, Charles, returned to Jackson in 1953, and Pat went to work for Jacobson’s. Feeling like she needed to do something, Anderson decided to return to college and complete her degree in education. Several of her family members were also teachers, and with times as they were, there were few career opportunities for blacks available. With her determination set, she enrolled at Jackson Junior College. She found wonderful professors who were concerned for their students.

After JJC, she transferred to Spring Arbor College to complete her bachelor’s degree in education. It took her a little longer than usual because she had twins and was attending part-time. She received her teaching degree in 1968 from Spring Arbor.

Anderson went on to teach elementary in the Jackson Public School district, teaching first- through sixth-grades. She team taught for a number of years with a fellow teacher and tried several different programs and methods to help improve the children’s educational experience. For her influence and dedication in helping educate children, Anderson was awarded the Jackson Public Schools Teacher of the Year honors in 1982. She was the first black teacher to receive the honor for JPS. Anderson was a role model for teacher education students.