Patina Betchar is a third-grade teacher and winner of the 2019 FCPS Individual Excellence Award! Nominated by her colleagues in late spring, this honor recognizes and celebrates Ms. Betchar’s commitment to serve FCPS with the highest degree of dedication and professionalism. She is commended for her personal efforts and achievements that produced exceptional results while supporting our school system’s mission and vision. To celebrate her award, Ms. Betchar was honored by the school system at a reception on October 16, 2019.
Ms. Betchar's love of teaching began at an early age. Born and raised in Centreville, Virginia, Ms. Betchar feels extremely fortunate to have parents who owned a daycare center. Growing up around kids is what truly sparked her passion for teaching.
Ms. Betchar joined CRS in the fall of 2017, as a student teacher for Ms. Finger's second grade class, while completing her Master of Arts in Education from Old Dominion University. Upon finishing her student teaching, she came back as a second-grade teacher. Now teaching third grade, Ms. Betchar is thrilled that she had the opportunity to loop with some of her previous students. In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Betchar serves as the school's equity lead, ensuring that culturally responsive practices are implemented throughout the school to prepare students for success and foster a caring and inclusive culture. Outside of school, she works as an ABA therapist for children with autism.
Ms. Betchar loves the people she works with and the positive environment the school has created, especially being able to inspire others and bounce ideas off of other teachers to create better lesson plans. She enjoys seeing the kids the most! There is never a dull moment and that’s what makes teaching so fun and unpredictable!
When not at school, Ms. Betchar spends her free time hiking, going to wineries, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach. Not one to stay idle, Ms. Betchar expresses her love of crafting through interior design, continuously changing her home décor.
Traveling is also a focus for Ms. Betchar. Raised as part of an international family (her parents are from London and her grandparents were born in India), Ms. Betchar had the time of her life backpacking Europe, visiting Paris, Amsterdam, England, and Italy. She has also been to Cabo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Bermuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Cozumel, India, and Grand Caymans. She feels as if she's traveled to so many places outside of the country, that she now wants to go on a big road trip across the United States.
Churchill Road is fortunate that Ms. Betchar brings such enthusiasm and diverse experiences to her teaching. We hope that her future travels don't take her away for too long.