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Pay Hyland: Defining American

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Pat Hyland is a Bay Area native. Born in Palo Alto and a graduate of San Jose State University, Pat has spent her life living in, and loving, Santa Clara County. During her studies at SJSU, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a teaching credential in business, an Administrative Services credential, and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Teaching holds a special place in Pat’s heart, and she began her career in education as a high school teacher, teaching Business Law, Accounting, Computer Programming, entry to Algebra, and also advisor for the school yearbook, the cheerleaders, and student activities. Before joining Foothill as Dean of Faculty and Staff(2006-2009), she served as principal of Mountain View High School. A huge proponent of breaking down barriers and opening access, Pat is passionate about taking care of the under-served. Having an ‘Open Door’ policy for seeing students, Pat says, "I believe our division can provide students critical life skills. I also believe that our division can be a refuge for students when the stresses of life begin to pile up." Pat loves challenges: she rides a motorcycle, enjoys anything that involves power tools, designs and installs landscapes, plays golf, rescues cats and dogs, and is working on the restoration of a 1952 Chevy pickup. She has received the Association of California School Administrators "Principal of the Year" award, and the City of Mountain View’s "Champion for Youth". Her philosophy is that "life takes you where you’re supposed to be–don’t fight it; there is a lesson waiting to be learned."
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