Patti Roth Kidd

Profile Updated: December 29, 2018
Residing In: Irving, TX
Spouse/Partner: Widow
Occupation: English Professor
Children: Robert, born 1972; Althea, born 1974
Military Service: Navy  
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214-886-6138

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I finished my doctoral degree in February 2015 and am no longer looking around the room for someone else when the students say Dr. Kidd. After 10 years of teaching writing, I stopped teaching for the Dalllas Community College District and began teaching Dual Credit English (Composition I and II and British Literature) for Tarrant County College. As a former high school teacher, I love the position because I teach juniors and seniors in the high schools but teach college courses, the best of two worlds. They have to pass a test and pay to attend my class (LOL). Because I move from school to school and spend so much time in the car, I tell the kids I have one rule: tell Dr. Kidd when she has not removed her sunglasses.

In February, I sold my big, old home and downgraded to a one bedroom apartment. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to sell. I am not spending Saturdays mowing the lawn, making repairs, and cleaning all day.

When I am not teaching, staring at a computer screen, attending church functions, walking my dog Wilma, reading, writing, or qulting, I spend time with my daughter Althea, her husband Dale, and my grandchildren Rachael and Charlie who live a few miles away. Robert moved to Montana to be close to his girls Emily and Elora, but I talk to them at least once a week. Life is good!

School Story:

For a girl who was told by the guidance counselors that she would never make it in college, I have done well. Associates degree: Valencia Community College, Orlando; Bachelors degree, University of Central Florida, Orlando; Masters Degree, University of North Texas, Denton; Teaching Certificate, University of Texas, Arlington; and PhD, Capella University, Minneapolis.

I wish I'd paid more attention in high school (Tell your grandchildren!).

If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

My second house would in Vermont. Many years ago, I read "Top of the Hill" by Irwin Shaw. After reading it, I wrote Mr. Shaw a letter asking him about the book. We never met, but we corresponded for a couple years until he passed away. I gave-up skiing a couple of years ago, but I still love visiting the mountains.

How often do you get back to Venice?

I get back to Venice every four or five years.

Are you interested in attending mini-reunions? If so, how often?

Yes, but work and distance get in the way.

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Congratulations on your retirement. I may retire someday. I am just not ready. I have thought of you often.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM
One of my students took this while we were waiting to leave on a field trip.
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This was Christmas Day 2010. I was in charge of desserts for the annual community dinner at the church where we served more than 500 grateful people. We were blessed more than they were.
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