Mrs. Patsy Santen

1. Where are you from/where did you grow up? My husband and I are from St. Louis, where I was born, Catholic educated, and lived till 1984. We still have most of our siblings living in St. Louis where we visit several times a year.

2. What college/university did you attend and what is your degree? University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelors in Special Education in 1975 Illinois State University, Masters in Special Education with an Administrative Endorsement in 1994

3. How many years have you been in education? 40 Years in Education, 3 years at SVdP

4. What is your favorite book? The Giving Tree

5. What is your home Parish St. Philomena since 1984

6. Who is your favorite Saint? St. Joseph...he was my Grandma's favorite saint also

7. What is your favorite prayer? The Hail Mary...I find myself saying it to myself when I need to make important decisions in hopes of making the right choices.

8. What are your hobbies? I LOVE to read: the morning paper, novels (fiction and nonfiction), children's books...LOVE TO READ! I also love to spend time with my family and our very special friends; getting outside walking and working with my flowers in the garden is fun too!

9. What is your favorite food? Salads...the sign of a great meal is the salad to me! I also love Pizza!

10. Who is in your family? I have a husband, Greg, a son Gregory, two daughters Maggie and Julie, a son-in-law Eddie and our family pet beagle, Stanley (after the great Cardinal player Stan Musial)

11. What makes your classroom unique? Though I don't have a classroom, I feel our school is a wonderful spiritual community. I feel it's important for the families and teachers to work together, supporting each other along the way. I know the Lord will guide all of us to work well with each other so the students can get their BEST education at St. Vincent De Paul.

12. If you weren't an educator what career would you have? I would probably be a nurse. My daughter and two sisters are nurses and I always like to hear about their work and I have always loved helping others.

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