Darton State College Humanities Department | Bio - Patrick
Humanities Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Perkins, Dean
Born in Texas, but living most of his life in Illinois, Patrick earned his BA in English and his minor in classical civilization at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He went on to earn MA degrees in English and teaching at Western Illinois University. In San Diego, he has taught English reading and writing skills to first generation immigrants and prepared native English speakers to take the GED. In Kazakhstan and South Korea he worked with both children and business people looking to improve their English literacy skills. He has taught English language arts in middle schools, high schools, and at the college level. His main interests are reading and writing. He is currently writing a collection of essays, which he hopes to have finished in June, and a novel, which he hopes to have completed by the end of the year, as well as a second book of essays. He also enjoys traveling. His adventures have taken him to France, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Indonesia, the Vatican City, Singapore, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk Island, Jamaica, and Japan, where he ate sushi for all three meals, seven days straight; however, the best meal he has ever been served was wild boar over penne pasta in Florence, Italy. His favorite animal is the giant squid, his favorite foreign film is M (directed by Fritz Lang), and his favorite founding father is Thomas Paine. He is married to Diana Garner, Darton's international adviser, and they hope to continue their careers at Darton for many more years. Patrick recently competed in the American Mall Model Search, and was offered a provisionary modeling contract.