For her outstanding contributions as an elementary school teacher, Patricia is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Walnut Elementary School Faculty and Staff of Emporia, Kansas.
Patricia Sue (Susie) Bonds is a transplanted Texan and the sixth in a family of ten children. An experience on her first day of school convinced her she’d NEVER teach. Nursing was her first choice of vocations, but passing out during a training procedure gave the education field a very positive, enthusiastic member.
She received her B.S. from North Texas State University. She taught in Texas before migrating to Kansas. She received her M.S. in Education at Emporia State University. She has taught from head-start to college and was a counselor for twenty-four years.
She has been active in her community by serving on Emporia’s Human Relations Commission, the Mental Health Board, and being involved in various church activities. She held offices in Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, and Beta Sigma Phi. Patricia has served in various capacities in NEA as well as local and district committees. She was also chair for NCA-QPA. She has presented programs for a variety of organizations, as well as presented at state and national conferences.
Patricia was honored as Kansas Counselor of the Year, Emporia Master Teacher, and Kansas Master Teacher. She was listed in the Who’s Who in Outstanding Young Women’s Association and was Vice-President of the America School Counselor’s Association.
She has enjoyed working with her colleagues, individual students, parents, and in classrooms. Patricia has also created material to use with children. She has time for her two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, and family in Texas. Anything she does, she gives 100% of herself.
Patricia Bonds, whose career has spanned thirty-six years, taught grades one and two, worked as a counselor in public schools, and taught courses at the college level while practicing her profession in Texas and Emporia.