Education is always changing and education professor, Patricia Fuller understands that.
“Education is a moving target,” she said, thinking about her many years of experience in the field.
Fuller is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Templar School of Education.
She graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee where she also received her education specialist degree. She attended Tusculum College in Knoxville to complete her masters.
“I was working on my Ed.S. when I came to JUTN which is the between a masters and a doctorate, ” she said. “But I still had to learn a lot. I still do.”
This is her 10th year working as a professor at JUTN, where she teaches language arts methods, introduction to teaching, child development classes and various other education classes.
Fuller felt qualified for her new teaching job when she arrived at JUTN.
Before coming to work at JUTN, Fuller had worked as a speech and language therapist in the Knox County school system for nine years, been a fourth-grade teacher for seven years and a human resource coordinator for five years.
Her favorite thing about JUTN is the people.
“Oh, the people – I love the people. I love the people I work with and I love the students,” Fuller said.
Fuller was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and had one sister.
She graduated from Bearden High School.
Fuller is married to Anthony Fuller and they have two sons, Adam, 32, and Nathan, 29.
They go to Laurel Church of Christ where her husband has been an elder for about 15 years and where Fuller teaches third grade Wednesday nights.
Some of Fuller’s pastimes include reading, walking, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her cat Sophie.
She enjoys historical fiction and her favorite author is Jacqueline Winspear.
In the future, Fuller wants to try writing her own fiction.
“I love reading so now I am going to try my hand at writing,” she said.