Many things have changed over the past school year, but one thing hasn't. Our employees' dedication to our students and excitement for learning remains steadfast! Indulge us in the first installment of The Awty Insider to celebrate and learn more about the faculty and staff who make a difference in the lives of our students every day. Introducing Assistant Director of Awty Plus DeMario Pate! He has been with us for 11 years. Read his Q&A below.
What do you love about your job?
"I love being able to be a kid with the students."
Why and how did you get into education?
"I got into education to inspire youth. I love teaching not only academic knowledge, but also sharing life experiences that will help enrich them in life. I love the challenge of trying to guide a student to success in attaining knowledge and not letting anything deter them."
What is the most Awty moment you can think of in your time here?
"Tough! So many to choose from. I would say 8th grade Big Bend Trip in 2015. It was late in the afternoon and all hikes were done yet a group of eight students that did not get to participate on the "Window Trail" asked if someone could take them. I volunteered. We had a great hike and had great deep conversations along the hike. As we were returning, one of the students spotted a bear just feet away. We were all in shock at how close it was to us. We stayed calm yet in awe. It lurked around us for at least 15 minutes, and we just lived in the moment. It was great to have such an experience with students and live to tell about it. They were so thankful I took them on the extra hike and I was glad to be with them."
Tell us something we don't know about you.
"I make a mean étouffée."