Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Pat Jorgenson
Title: Instructor of Education
Office: Swain 218J
M.Ed., Minot State University
B.S.E., University of North Dakota
Pat teaches elementary education courses which include: ELED 352, Foundations of Reading, ELED 422, Elementary Language Arts Methods, ELED 440, Remedial Reading and ELED 442, Clinical Practice in Remedial Reading. In addition she also supervises student teachers. She was an elementary and Title I Reading and Math specialist in the public schools for 31 years. Her interests include using cognitive science to enhance understanding of the reading process and the diagnosis and interventions of reading disorders. She is also interested in the connection of brain research to the characteristics of effective teaching. Cooperative learning is an area of expertise and she has conducted professional training at the local, state and national levels.
Teaching is a combination of both art and science. It is a decision making profession where one person can truly make a difference. Effective teachers are motivators of learning; knowing their discipline well and creating a classroom environment conducive to learning. Effective teachers are builders of bridges; having high expectations for all students, finding ways to make connection and differentiating instruction so that all learners can excel. Effective teachers are molders of dreams; developing a mutual respect with students and truly listening to and learning from them. Effective teachers take the time to build responsible citizens who respect others and are able to use their knowledge to make decisions that will make the world a better place to live.
Pat serves as a board member of the Teacher Learning Center. She is the advisor to the Student North Dakota Education Association (SNDEA) and has contributed articles to the National Education Association (NEA) Advising magazine. She is a lifetime member of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and a member of several other professional organizations including: North Dakota Reading Association (NDRA), Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), North Dakota Education Association (NDEA) and the NEA.