Theresa Fitzpatrick joined the staff in 2009, complementing the GCCS curriculum with her background in early childhood education and arts education. Ms. Fitzpatrick received her BA in Art Education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She worked in various areas of Massachusetts as an artist and art teacher in the private sector before enjoying taking care of her young children at home. Upon returning to the work force, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked as the visual arts teacher for a school similar in size to GCCS, which served Kindergarten to eighth grade students.
After returning to the Rochester area, Ms. Fitzpatrick taught at the Woodbury Preschool at the Strong Museum of Play for two years before starting as a teaching assistant at GCCS. At GCCS, she has noticed a difference in the way children are able to articulate their ability to solve problems both as individuals and in the larger community. Ms. Fitzpatrick says before she discovered GCCS, she had been "looking for a place to practice arts integration within a whole school that valued the power of doing "real" work.
Ms. Fitzpatrick finds the Natural World a place of inspiration for her own art and garden design. She loves to spend time with her family boating, kayaking, and hiking at area lakes. You can often find her collecting rocks, sticks, or leaves for some project she is working on at home.