Pat Parris

Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School
West Chester, PA, United States

About Pat


I was a Sales Manager for the United States Chamber of Commerce for 17 years.
I started my own government procurement trade show company on military bases.
I have sold advertising and concepts like memberships and insurance for the past 25 years.

I currently teach at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School. It is a cyber school K-12 and I run the Leadership Center there. I teach six classes associated with this center.

Student Leadership (Partnership with the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute)
Civic Leadership ( Partnership with Student Government)
Career Awareness ( Partnership with Career Cruising )
Career Exploration ( Partnership with Career Cruising )
Starting a Home Based Business ( Partnership with West Chester University of PA 3 E Institute.)
Panama Group Service Learning. ( Partnership with Habla Ya Language School in Boquete, Panama.)


English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, entrepreneurship, History, Political Science

An idea worth spreading

Cyber School and group service learning on high school student trips.

I'm passionate about

Student directed learning

Talk to me about

I am interested in doing more group service learning projects in foreign countries.

People don't know I'm good at

Not eating the marshmallow.

My TED story

My students have been participating in a service learning project in Panama for five years.

The first year we painted a mural on elementary school in an indigenous village
The second year we helped do maintenance work around a catholic mission and school for the indigenous and we donated a computer lab.
The third year we brought and installed a water purification system for a coffee plantation. We also held an education rally in the town square. The students were able to work with local businesses to contribute food for 200 people to eat and learn about educational opportunity.
The forth year we duplicated the education rally and printed 400 tri-lingual coloring books to distribute in indigenous reservation, and the mission and town that we visit.
The fifth year we completed our education rally again and expanded the tri-lingual coloring books to phrases. The original mural that we painted appears on the cover of these books.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Pat Parris
Posted about 1 year ago
Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head
I really enjoyed this talk. I read over some of the comments, and feel the need to mention the elephant in the room. "Drugs". This talk is amazing because it gives hope to many disturbed people without pharmaceuticals. A multibillion dollar industry, and its convenience has a way of prioritizing treatment protocols. Way to go Eleanor. Perhaps one of the more practical applications of this talk is that drugs can be overused and we must continue to search for other ways to relieve mental anxiety.
Pat Parris
Posted over 1 year ago
Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley
Nice talk on compliance versus students choosing what they are interested in. John Dewey would agree with you. Unfortunately, the world is also filled with opportunities to comply and excel in work environments. Both compliance and individualism are important in education.
Pat Parris
Posted about 4 years ago
Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate
The essence of Michael's argument about justice is a question of equity. As technology changes to allow the have nots to compete with the haves, then we must be willing to change the rules. The value system embedded in our morality will always be an important criteria for establishing rules.
Pat Parris
Posted over 4 years ago
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Adora, I really enjoyed your speech and will be using it in my student leadership class. One way to incorporate student directed learning in a school is to start a student government organization. I teach at a cyber school and would love to have you speak online at our student senate. I am a grandfather that learns from my students every day. Pat Parris
Pat Parris
Posted over 4 years ago
Shukla Bose: Teaching one child at a time
Shukla, I really appreciate this story. I am a cyber teacher in Pennsylvania. I think we have more opportunities to work one on one with children by teaching our students asynchronously on line. This has also allowed us to take our students on international trips. I would like to discuss an exchange program between our school and yours. Pat