Meagan Patten has been selected as Teacher of the Year at Sumter Christian School for the 2021-22 school year according to a school press release. Patten received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University and began teaching first grade at Sumter Christian in 2020. She taught three years prior in Idaho at Grace Montessori and the Children’s House .
Daughter of Gene and Christine Neth, Patten is originally from Clatskanie, Oregon. Her husband, Christopher, is in the US Air Force and is stationed at Shaw. The couple have two school-age children who attend SCS. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, escape rooms, puzzles, organization, and cooking. Patten is also active with the school’s sponsor church, Sumter Bible Church, and regularly provides special music in worship services.
When asked what she likes best about teaching, Patten said, “It’s rewarding to see kids learn to read, make sense of new concepts, and really listen to them.” As for her parenting philosophy, she said, “Every child is special and unique. They need and deserve an environment where they can grow spiritually, socially and mentally. I am their guide seven hours a day to help them be and do their best.” When colleagues were asked to comment on Meagan, the responses were, “Meagan is a caring person who goes out of her way to help those around her.” “His love for children is evident.” “She is creative and organized. She knows how to involve the children in the lessons.” “Meagan is a joy to work with. She has a can-do attitude and works diligently to provide her students with the best learning environment.” “Meagan is one of the most helpful people I know, expecting nothing in return. She has a very positive attitude.”
“Meagan is a patient and loving teacher and demonstrates these traits every day in the classroom. She balances helping struggling students with pushing students to their best. She is able to do her job effectively academically by creating an environment in the classroom with consistent disciplinary procedures,” SCS Director Matthew Marritt said in the statement.