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Patti Sims has worked at the Academy in the English Department since 1987, where she was English Department head for 11 years. During that time she has taught English at all levels, including AP Language and Pre-AP English I (now Honors English I). She has directed numerous plays, acted, taught multiple drama courses, competed in speech competitions, advised speech and debate clubs, and taught related courses. This background of loving the interpretation of literature was a natural springboard into teaching English, a language with power in words and expression. Her interests in the global community led to a MS in Literacy with a Concentration in ESL from University Southern Maine, where she worked teaching English to newcomer refugees and immigrants. She also taught ESOL English several years at Lincoln, where her strong commitment to and love for embracing those from other cultures has been to help them gain knowledge and facility with the English language. Ms. Sims is currently Governance Committee Co-Chairperson and Study Abroad English Coordinator/Instructor. For 25 years she was a sign language interpreter for the deaf community. She is active in the lives of her two children who are alumni of the Academy. Love of travel motivated a colleague and her to take 40 students to Italy, Greece, and England, in addition to her own personal sojourns.
BA Speech/Drama, Monmouth College (now known as Monmouth University)
MS Literacy with a Concentration in ESL, University Southern Maine