About

What is PATI?

Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI) recruits diverse students and/or students who are the first in their families to go to college.  PATI recruits students at any of the following three points: senior year of high school, enrolled in a community college, or working as a paraprofessional.  It offers them a unique support system characterized by mentoring and special opportunities to interact with local communities and students. The Department of Teacher Education recommends candidates to the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board for a Professional Educator License upon completion of requirements.  In return, graduates agree to teach in Illinois for at least two years if said employment is available.

PATI Team

Picture of Dr. Ronda Mitchell, PATI director.Ronda Mitchell, Ed.D

  • Director, Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI)
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Teacher Education Program (TEP)
  • Advisor, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), Alpha Alpha Gamma chapter, International Honor Society in Education

 

 

 

 

Picture of Eric Farden, PATI graduate assistant.Eric Farden

  • Graduate Assistant, Prairie Area Teaching Initiative (PATI)
  • Graduate Assistant, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Alpha Gamma chapter, International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Student, Human Development Counseling (HDC)