Patsy Brekke (also known as Ms. B.) is the head honcho of Writing Foundations. As a child, Ms. B. was “the eighteen-page girl” who wrote stories that never ended, and she has loved writing ever since. Driven by her love of English and passion for teaching and encouraging middle and high school students, she graduated from Moorhead State University with a BS in English. Ms. B. has been teaching English since 1987. She has taught English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, and Study Skills in Minnesota, Oregon, and California. She has extensive experience with the California Achievement Writing Project and scoring timed essays, the Achievement Via Individual Determination Program (A.V.I.D.), The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Curriculum Development, and Leadership Training. On two occasions, Ms. B. was nominated Site Teacher of the Year at Wilson Academy of International Studies in San Diego, California. She proudly received the A.V.I.D. Teacher of the Year award from the San Diego County Office of Education in 1993.
Following her desire to take the mystery and misery out of writing, Ms. B. developed her own set of lesson plans based on the original IEW methodology in 2000. Her lesson plans became Writing Foundations, and the program has been seventeen years in the making and is constantly improving.
Ms. B. was accredited in 2008 by the Institute for Excellence in Writing and received the highest ranking of Accomplished Instructor. She tutored writing at The Academy through YEAH (Youth Educated At Home) from 2001-2016 and at WEST from 2009-2016. In 2016, Ms. B. moved all of her classes to a webinar setting as Writing Foundations expanded worldwide. She continues to write curriculum and occasionally works as a teaching consultant, speaker, and publishing editor.
Ms. B. is a single-parent who homeschooled all three of her children who are now grown and successful adults. Her youngest, Anna, was recently accepted to the college of her choice, and her eldest, Josiah, is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music. Zoe, the middle child, has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is now the head editor of Writing Foundations.
Ms. B. currently resides in the Minneapolis area. Her favorite out-of-class activities are drawing, painting, and Bible journaling; taking walks with her dog, Sherlock; spending time with her grown children; snuggling her cat, Snickers, and collecting wild and crazy hats. Her favorite colors are orange, green, and purple.