Mrs. Patricia Regan is the new 2nd-grade teacher at the Patagonia Elementary School. It’s a different experience from her time teaching in the Tucson Unified School District.

“Patagonia offers teachers and students the unique opportunity to get to know each other,” she explained recently. “It allows teachers the opportunity to give students more individualized attention… because our class sizes are smaller than most larger schools.” 

Originally from Hazlet, NJ, Mrs. Regan attended Glassboro College (now Rowan University) and moved to Arizona about three years ago. Aside from teaching, she often spends time with her family, reads, explores historical sites, and travels to visit family and friends. 

“I love teaching here and serving the children of the community,” she said. “Second graders love learning and are naturally inquisitive. I love watching their faces light up when they realize they have learned something they did not know before!” 

Mrs. Regan has also taught in New Jersey, Mississippi, and Florida, where, she said, “We provided each student with the education they needed, but time was definitely an issue.” So far, teaching at Patagonia has been unlike the other schools where she has taught. 

“I love that I am able to really hone in on my students’ abilities and give them an education that is tailored to their individual needs while focusing on our grade-level standards,” she said.