B.S. in Accounting, Fordham University; M.S. Education, University of Bridgeport. Pat worked for several years in the areas of accounting and finance at a multinational public accounting firm and, subsequently, at two national retail corporations. Since 1997, she has been teaching kindergarten and providing academic support services for grades 1 - 5 students in Westport, Connecticut. During that time, she was also involved in various curriculum initiatives including the introduction of Spanish into the district kindergarten program, the restructuring of the kindergarten science curriculum to be an inquiry-based program, and the implementation of full-day kindergarten programming.