Mrs. Patricia Vandenberg

  • 10-12
  • Teacher
  • Bonita High School

About Me

I am a new addition to the Bearcat Family and couldn't be more excited to be teaching at Bonita High School.  Truth be told, I was not a strong math student in school;  in fact, I started college as a fine art major and thought I would paint my way through life.  As luck would have it, after graduating high school, one of my first jobs was a teacher's assistant in a high school math classroom.  I realized that I needed to learn the math if I was going to help anyone understand it.  It was then that I fell in love with teaching math.  I quickly changed my major from Fine Art and pursued my Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education at Cal Poly Pomona.  I earned my teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University and will receive my Master's in Education this coming spring.  

My strength in teaching math comes from my struggles as a student.  I understand why students find math challenging because I struggled too.  In my journey I have fallen in love with math and want my students to see the beauty and purpose of the subject.  Math is not just about finding the answer but solving a problem.  I hope to inspire my students to be successful in math;  all it takes is a little "grit."

In addition to being a teacher, I am a proud Army wife and mother of two beautiful boys.  I am grateful for the life God has given me and I strive to serve Him by making a positive impact in the lives of my students.