Patricia Tate is passionate about teaching and learning, especially when it comes to the inner-city students she served for almost 40 years in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.
Beginning her career as a teacher of the deaf at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson, Patty returned to Phoenix in 1978 and accepted a teaching position in the Osborn School District. For almost four decades it was her second home. She worked as a volunteer, parent, special education, and science teacher. In 1997 Patty was honored as an Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador. That same year, she was chosen as the Arizona recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Education. She retired as Osborn Superintendent in 2017.
In addition to her commitment to public education, Patty also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and CASA Peer Coordinator. Appointed by a judge, she speaks up for abused and neglected foster children in court and supports other CASAs in this work.
Patty’s husband Don is also a retired educator. They raised their sons in Phoenix and with five young grandchildren, they are more committed than ever to help improve the health, security, and education of all Arizona children.