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Academic Excellence at Dr. Phiilips High School

Anna Mae Patz, Advanced Placement Calculus Instructor at Dr. Phillips High School, with Kathi Brooks Myers, award winning math student at Dr. Phillips, photo circa 1980s.

Kathi Brooks Myers, Dr. Phillips High School valedictorian, went on to University of Central Florida to pursue a degree in teaching, and later worked as an intern at Dr. Phillips High School with Anna Mae Patz.

Anna Mae Patz coached the Dr. Phillips Math Team to win first place in Orange County, coached them to state, and to winning nationals.

Mrs. Patz led the team from 1990s-2003 and has served  as a mathematics educator in Orange County Public Schools for 38 years.

She reflects on the excellent quality of education in Orange County, the school changes which benefit our society, and the outstanding opportunities for technological education and careers in Orlando in  this excerpt   (4:03) from her oral history interview on October 31, 2011.

Coleman Technologies paid for 50 students from Dr. Phillips High School to travel to the math competitions. Mrs. Patz’s two older sons, Ben and Mark Patz, work together at the Orlando company, Coleman Technologies founded by Jeff Coleman. Coleman Technologies was named the #1 fastest growing company in Central Florida in 2000 and recently merged with Presidio. Ben Patz, CEO of Coleman Technologies, was awarded Florida’s Entrepreneur of the Year for technology services in 2002 and the UCF College of Engineering & Computer Science 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Anna Mae Patz and Kathi Brooks Myers at Dr. Phillips High School
by Jane Tracy

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We need people educated and I think we here in Orlando stand at really the foreground. We have all of the facilities that are available and we can take care of a lot of students at the university and prepare them for technological jobs. There are plenty of places in the area where they can find work. 

Anna Mae Patz, a mathematics educator in Orange County Public Schools for 38 years, reflects on the excellent quality of education in Orange County, the school changes which benefit our society, and the outstanding opportunities for technology education and careers in Orlando. Hear the technology education excerpt (below) from her oral history interview on October 31, 2011.

Mrs. Patz's two older sons, Ben and Mark Patz work together at the Orlando company, Coleman Technologies founded by Jeff Coleman. Coleman Technologies was named the #1 fastest growing company in Central Florida in 2000 and recently merged with Presidio. Ben Patz, CEO of Coleman Technologies, was awarded Florida's Entrepreneur of the Year for technology services in 2002 and the UCF College of Engineering & Computer Science 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.




Anne Mae Patz

In the evenings they would have famous mathmaticians and scientists who would come...Linus Pauling came and he was a Nobel Prize winner and he gave discussions. And then they had Dr. Sabin...I know when I talk to my students in high school they have no idea who Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were and what their difference in approach to finding a polio cure was. But they [Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk] had a meeting, debate, and got into a heated argument. It was so unprofessional. They threw water at each other and everybody left the room and adjourned for a while and then came back and heard the remaining part of the debate of whose shot for polio was better the live vaccine or the dead vaccine.

Reflections on a life of teaching at Westridge, West Orange, Dr. Phillips, Valencia Community College, and University of Central Florida with mathematics educator and chemist Anna Mae Patz. She describes working with adults and kids, mature and immature. She remembers being with Dr. Salk in her first job as a chemist at the Health Department in Pittsburgh and later in her work grading for The National Board, she heard Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk at an evening debate. She says it was very exciting to visit different cities for the Advanced Placement (AP) Board and the professional people in the field of mathematics who would come and talk to us in the evening were very, very exciting people. Learn more about the life of an Orange County educator in this interview.




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