Mrs. Patty Rusek

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Mrs. Patty Rusek

I had my job at Seaholm before I graduated from Michigan State University (some 30...ahem...years ago) and I've been here ever since!  I'm in the English Department, but teach mostly communication classes like Radio/Speech and Broadcasting.  I also started the Natural Resources program at Seaholm- over 25 years ago - with a former Seaholm counselor and friend, Dennis Rozema.  Natural Resources is not a science class, but an outdoor, experiential learning class that develops skills in group communication, leadership, problem-solving and trust - all things we need to be successful in life.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Education - with a minor in English, a Masters Degree in Education Administration, and a Specialists Degree in Counseling - all from MSU.  I am also trained and certified to operate a low and high ropes course for the Natural Resources program.

I'm married and have 2 amazing children who attend - or have graduated from MSU (like their mom, 6 aunts and uncles, 3 cousins before them and 3 cousins presently).  Both my kids are interested in education careers.  My son finished student teaching last year and got a job in the social studies department at Groves this year!  Since he's been coaching at Seaholm for 2 years, I'm now known as "Coach Rusek's Mom" and I like it!