Patricia Zapata
Primary Teacher

I come from a military background and although I was born in Augsburg, Germany, I’ve lived most of my life in the State of Washington. I grew up in the small town of Steilacoom and after graduating from High School, I went to the University of Washington and lived in several cities up north from Seattle to Lake Forest Park, Bellevue and Renton. In 1985, I became interested in the Montessori Method of teaching while living with a college roommate in North Seattle. She asked me if I had ever heard of the Montessori philosophy and of course I had not. She soon introduced me to Bellevue Montessori School where I became an assistant and then an intern. I received my Montessori Certification in 1986 from Montessori Teaching College Northwest. I worked in Bellevue and downtown Seattle for a few years, and then returned to the Tacoma area in 1991 and began working at MIM. I worked twelve years at MIM and my son Moreno was a student at MIM through the second grade. The years flew by quickly! While my son was at college, I left MIM and became a real estate agent. I did that for seven years and then returned to teaching. I’ve been at MIM for a total of 21 years!