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.


Picture of Dr. Ronda Mitchell, PATI director.Ronda Gray, 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