Kathy Alvis Patterson

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I am a fifth generation Oklahoman, the third generation in my family to attend the University of Oklahoma. Like my parents, my husband and I met and married while studying there.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota, a Master of Arts from OU and a Master of Science in Education from Texas A&M International University. I was valedictorian of my high school graduating class, maintained a summa cum laude average in my college work and am a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching for seven years on the college level in Iowa, the Pattersons served for 17 years as Evangelical missionaries in Latin America, in Colombia and Mexico City. I have now taught 18 years in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma. I returned to Oklahoma City in 1997. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has certified me as "Highly Qualified" in five areas.

Language and literature, as well as history, have always been my favorite subjects. I am fluent in Spanish and have taught French and Biblical Greek. My favorite writer is Jane Austen. I enjoy early American and European history and has given presentations on King Phillip's War, textiles in colonial America, the history of the Mayflower, and how to locate your ancestor's service in the Revolutionary War. My longtime hobby is genealogy; I have researched many of my own and my husband's ancestors and currently helps others prepare necessary documents to prove direct descent from one of the passengers in the Mayflower in 1620.

I am the proud mother of three and grandmother of eight, two in Oklahoma City, four in California, and two in college in Waxahatchie, Texas. I am a member of the Oklahoma Society of Descendants of the Mayflower, the Daughters of American Revolution, the Associated Daughters of Early American Witches, the Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, the First Families of the Twin Territories, and the ‘89ers Society. We moved to the family farm in Hydro several years ago and are enjoying the rural life. I commute to Oklahoma City, while Dr. Patterson now works on Chevrolet truck restoration. I am a six-year breast cancer survivor.

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