Nov. 12, 2011
Sherri Patton didn’t have a clue about what she wanted to do with her life when she dropped out of college. She later realized that her passion was to be in a classroom helping mold minds.
“I floundered around a lot as a young person,” says Patton, now a City College history professor. “I did a lot of different jobs like restaurants and retail,” Patton says. “I dropped out of school twice because I didn’t really know why I was going to school. I didn’t really know why I was going to school. I didn’t really have any purpose.”
Patton, who teaches classes that focus on women’s studies, lived in San Francisco in the ’70s where she had a roommate who worked as a teacher’s aide for handicapped kids. Her roommates encouraged her to be a paraprofessional and told her that she didn’t need to have a college degree.
Patton was 28 years old when she first set foot into a classroom at Mission High School. She says it was a life-changing moment for her.
“When I first walked into the classroom, I knew I wanted to teach,” Patton says. “It gave me a purpose to go back to school….» Read More