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About Pat Lucas Center

Patricia Lucas Bio

Patricia Eade Lucas attended the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Music and a Master of Arts in Education Management. After graduation, Pat began her career teaching for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). During her tenure at LAUSD, Pat became known as a "Teacher's Teacher" in recognition of her excellent skill and dedication to her students. This attracted the attention of Dr. Olaf Tegner, then the Dean of Pepperdine's School of Education, who invited Pat to become the first Director of Student Teaching at Pepperdine. Pat accepted this new challenge, initially holding a joint appointment with Pepperdine and LAUSD. In her role Pat coordinated student teaching assignments, provided in-service education for master teachers, and implemented credential programs for elementary and secondary teacher candidates. Teaching was truly Pat's passion; a passion that enriched the lives of countless new teachers for whom she was always a trusted mentor and inspiring role model.

Mission Statement

The Pat Lucas Teaching Center further advances GSEP's mission to support K-12 educators who are working in classrooms and dedicated to serving the needs of all students. The center provides resources for educators who are continuously refining their purpose as educators, and who strive to become leaders of educational reform.