Dr. Patton has been teaching college students since 1986 and joined West Chester University in 1992. She has taught EDE 251 Child Development; EDE 352 Self and Group Processes in the Diverse Classroom; EDE 401 Creativity in the Classroom: and EDE 543 Creative Expression in the Elementary School. She wants her students and teachers to become better thinkers by enhancing their critical and creative thinking skills. Her current research focuses on facilitating self–reflective teaching and supporting creative expression in the classroom. She has recently published two articles that describe using teaching portfolios to scaffold self–study.