Patsy Sosa-Sanchez joined UNT Dallas in Fall 2018 as an assistant professor of bilingual/ESL and the program's coordinator. Over the past three years, she's played an energetic and integral role in growing the School of Education, as well as establishing community relationships with surrounding school districts and community agencies, such as the Dallas Concilio, that support the university's community-minded strategic partnerships. When she's not busy teaching, mentoring or advocating for her students, she likes to root on her favorite football team (guess which one?), and probably while eating her choice for most authentic Mexican food around. And she needs a pick-me-up, you might hear this Jefferson Starship song blaring from her office. Read on and get to know Dr. Sosa-Sanchez.
What is your favorite aspect about your job?
First and foremost, I am a teacher, and I LOVE teaching! But I also enjoy helping students. While I do believe that everyone should have accountability for their actions, I also believe that guiding our students to knowing what their potential is for being academically successful is key in them understanding why everyone at UNT Dallas goes above and beyond to help them! We are not here to hinder them, but to do things right so they won't have to do them again!
What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
I would like to have our university implement an annual convocation, where we can recognize administration, faculty, staff and students who have been instrumental in the everyday functions of our university. More gatherings for faculty and staff (that don't involve professional development).
What is your proudest work moment?
You know, I am known as the faculty that does not allow students to do what they want, but there is a reason for this. A lot of times, if we try to take shortcuts to get to our goals, we have voided all our hard work. I teach my students to take the time and create a road map to reaching their goals. I am grateful that those students who have met with me to do so are reaching graduation already! I am so proud of them. Not because they listened to me, and mapped out their road to graduation, but because they did it!!!
What is your proudest non-work moment?
I believe this would have to be completing my doctoral degree. I was a returning student; I did not get my degrees until I sent off my children to grade school -- which I do not regret! They have all done amazing things -- one having her private counseling practice in Chicago, and two serving our country through the U.S. Air Force. But, being the daughter of an immigrant, and the first of a family of 10 to gain a terminal degree, has given me so much pride in who I am and where I came from. Having my three children who are successful now is right there next to getting my Ph.D.!
What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
I started the first Ballet Folklorico for the Denton ISD, and I own a small business.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Book?: Bible - it lights my path on a daily basis!!
Restaurant?: Pappasito's Cantina: Besides my own kitchen, I like authentic Mexican food. This is it!
Place to visit?: Disney World, Florida! It reminds me that when we work hard, we get to play hard! I love taking my family to play!!
Song?: "It's Not Over ('til it's Over!)" by Jefferson Starship: We all go through hard times, but that does not mean we need to stop. It means we get up, dust off and rise again stronger! (OK, so I am dating myself).