Last Name: A - LA
Now entering my 6th year at Paradise Honors High School and my 13th year in education overall, I am excited to have the opportunity to continue helping our students strive towards reaching their maximum potential. As a school counselor, I will be a resource to assist students and parents with questions that arise throughout the school year, navigate the college process, and work though any crisis situations. As the PHHS Girls’ Tennis Coach, I emphasize academics first and continue to challenge my athletes to improve their skill set, regardless of their age or ability level. I believe that many valuable life lessons can be learned through athletics and that competition is another means of preparation for our students in their “life after PHHS.”
My journey into education started many years ago in a small town southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called Monessen. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. This single piece of knowledge was my guide as I navigated my way through elementary, middle, and high school. Upon graduation, I attended Slippery Rock University (yes, that is the real name of the school) where I played on the Men's Golf team and earned my bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Exceptionalities (more commonly known as Special Education). With Pennsylvania graduating an estimated surplus of 10,000 teachers per year when compared to job vacancies, I decided that it was a good time to begin my graduated work! I enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn my master’s degree in School Counseling. Upon graduation, and for the first time in my life, I decided to leave the great state of Pennsylvania and move to Maryland. I spent one year working at Thomas Stone High School as a 9th grade counselor with a caseload of over 500 students...it was as daunting as it sounds! At the end of the year, I relocated to a different county in Maryland and accepted a position at Reservoir High School. There, I would go on to spend the next 6 years counseling a much smaller caseload of 250 students while having the opportunity to work with students in grades 9-12. I also served as Boy's and Girls’ Varsity Golf Coach (5 years), Allied Golf Coach (3 years), and Allied Bowling Coach (1 year).
Outside of school, I am a HUGE sports nut! It doesn't matter what sport it is... if it's on television, I am probably going to watch it! My favorite teams include all of the hometown Pittsburgh sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates), New York Yankees, and Florida Gators. If I am not at work or at home, I can be found swinging the sticks on the golf course. I love golf and have been playing for 25 years. One of my personal goals is to play every golf course in the Phoenix area...I don't have a timeline but simple math tells me that there are approximately 250 courses and there are over 300 days of sunshine, so I think that my odds are pretty good! I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, visiting college campuses, reading, and feeding our overweight basset hound treats!
Last Name: LE - Z
Hi! My name is Davida Patterson and this is my second year as a School Counselor. I earned my Master’s degree in School Counseling from The University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and I also have a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Western Illinois University. I taught English for 13 years- 3 here at PHHS and 10 years in Chicago prior to moving to Arizona. I am from the Windy City and even though I am a White Sox fan, I do root for ALL THINGS Chicago—so that includes Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears, Sky, the Cubbies (if my Sox lose), and I cannot fail to mention that our pizza is the best hands down! I am married to a great guy, Stanley, who is also from Chicago, and we have a blended family of 3. 2 girls, Madison (12 ½) & Chyleigh (4); and 1 boy, Logan (3) who all keep us pretty busy! When I am not spending time with my family or doing something school related (I am also the National Honor Society adviser), I can be found listening to music, reading, going to the gym or catching up on some of my favorite shows like Chopped, Dateline, or Game of Thrones.
I have an extreme passion for helping all students face and resolve any issues that may affect their academics, personal/social lives, and their future endeavors. I strongly believe that parental involvement is the foundation for how students are able to achieve their goals, so I definitely look forward to working with parents as well! I am here to promote positive attitudes for our students so that they can better themselves and foster healthy relationships with family, peers, and their community.