Picture of Dr. Lisa Patierne Presenting to the Class

Last week, High School Principal Dr. Lisa Patierne visited Ms. Hushmendy’s Creative Writing class to speak with students about writing and publishing from her own personal experience. Dr. Patierne, who started her educational career as an English teacher, shared some insight into the often strenuous process. The class is currently beginning to work on their own personal narratives, reflecting on themselves and their life experiences. Dr. Patierne is a contributing author to a recently published best-selling book and, in speaking about her personal essay,  spoke candidly with her students about how it can be difficult, even scary, to share one’s thoughts and feelings with the world. 

“People will push against you, but don’t let others stop you,” said Dr. Patierne during her presentation. “It doesn’t matter where you come from or what others believe. You can do anything you set your mind to. Success will look different for everyone.”

She spoke about the many obstacles she has overcome to get where she is today. Asking students, “what do you want to do when you graduate?” She reminded students that there are many options in life after they leave RCS and that college is not for everyone. Whether you are looking to be employed after school, enlist in the military and enroll in further educational opportunities, you can reach your goals. She finished the presentation by reminding the students that her door is always open and that it is never too late to find their passion.