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Pat Adams





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Pat Adams was born in 1959 in San José, California where he graduated from James Lick High School. From there he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara earning his B.A. in Spanish in 1981. His junior year he studied in México, D.F. at UNAM immersing himself in the language and culture. This experience inspired Pat over the next 10 years to travel throughout Latin America and Spain.

In 1985 Pat received his Single Subject Credential in Spanish from San José State University and began his career in teaching in the East Side Union High School District. He started at Independence High School and moved to his alma mater where he taught all levels of Spanish for five years.

In 1987 he met his future wife in a small fishing village in Guerrero, north of Acapulco, while they were both on vacation. They married in 1992 and he persuaded her to move to the United States from México, D.F. to begin their new life together. In 1994 they moved to Oregon where Pat taught Spanish part time at Portland Community College through Adult Education while pursuing another career outside of education.

In 1997 Pat, his wife and two boys returned to California and settled in Hollister. He has taught all levels of Spanish the last eleven years at San Benito High School and is currently the Department Chair for World Languages. In 2006 he received his Masters in Spanish at CSU Sacramento which took him to Costa Rica, Perú and Spain over consecutive summers.




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