Dr. Patricia James Jordan


Retired—High School Mathematics
New York City, New York


Total years as a classroom teacher: 29


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology                    Hofstra University                                         1991
M.A. in Special Education.                       City College, CUNY                                        1974
B.A.  in Psychology, Africana Studies    Vassar College                                                 1972


1980-2001       Roslyn High School                                              9th-12th  all mathematics levels
1976-1980       Malverne High School                                          9th-12th general math, Algebra, Geometry
1974-1976       Dr. Martin Luther King Jr-Sr High School       9th-12th Algebra, Geometry
1973-1974       Park East Alternative High School                     Individualized Math Instruction
1972-1973       New Haven Public High Schools                        9th-12th Consumer Math, Algebra


2004                Chasing Rainbows Award (Dolly Parton Foundation)
1998                Tandy Corporation Technology Scholar
1995                National Council of Negro Women Achievement Award
1993                Disney Teacher Award
1993                New York State Teacher of the Year
1993                NAACP Humanitarian Award


  • Jordan feels that academic preparation, in addition to the equally significant personality components of passion and persistence, are core components of the art of teaching.
  • Jordan explains that her past classrooms were entertaining, encouraging, and educational spaces. Her approach to teaching was to maintain her students’ comfort and confidence so that they could best learn and appreciate mathematics.


“Dr. Jordan is a teacher first, and in every sense of the word. She worked diligently and daily to create a level playing field for all of those in our school.  She truly developed kindness, understanding, and a sense of self in her students.”

—  Jack Palmadesso, former teaching  colleague


 “I can say, without a doubt, Dr. Jordan has been a tremendous blessing not only to the students whom she has taught, but to all who had and continue to have the privilege of interacting with her. My relationship with her shaped my personal and professional endeavors.”

— Melissa Cisco, former student



“In addition to being a great teacher and mentor, Dr. Patricia Jordan is one of those rare individuals who naturally, immediately, and positively affects students and colleagues alike, as well as anyone with whom she comes in contact.”

                                                                                     — Ricky A. Cooke, Sr., former teaching colleague