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Bridget Patch has been a familiar face in the halls of Brookfield Christian School since 1994, when her daughter Holly entered first grade. At BCS they found “a secure and caring Christian environment that treated each child as special, and created wonderfully by God.”
Bridget grew up with a love for children and a wonderful role model in her mother, who was a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years. She graduated from Mount Mary College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through Third Grade) and a Fine Arts minor. She taught Pre-K and Kindergarten until her daughter was born. Later, Bridget served at BCS as an aide in Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Bridget has always been drawn to the Pre-K/Kindergarten age group: “They are so enthusiastic about learning! I love to provide a rich and stimulating environment to foster this excitement. At this young age they tend to be imitators, and we have an opportunity to be a light for Christ. Ephesians 5:1&2 says ‘Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us…’
“BCS offers a community of grace in which the hands of God are working. It is a priviledge to be a Christian educator and touch children’s lives, helping them build their faith in our Lord. God gave me the passion for working with young children and in service to Him. I am excited to be back in my own classroom!”
When she’s not teaching, Bridget enjoys biking, cross country skiing, boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
“In Kindergarten we create a desire to read and love books/stories. Each child is unique and develops at their own rate just like they did with walking. My goal as a teacher is to meet each one of them where they are at because there is a great range of abilities in Kindergarten. Another goal of mine is to help them have a successful and enjoyable school experience. Our program helps the child grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, as well as academically. We make sure the child is well-rounded as an individual ‘wonder of God.’
Our home and school connection is very important. Parents are a welcome part of their children’s process. As teachers and parents, we need to allow God to flow through our daily life. We must try to follow His pattern of love in all we do and say. One of my favorite Bible verses to remember this is Micah 6:8: ‘This is what the Lord asks of you, only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.’”