“We can get a lot more done, if nobody cares who gets the credit.” – Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Montana State University, and then his Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Idaho. He has been employed at Salish Kootenai College since January of 2010. His previous experiences were 1 year of teaching math at Sweet Home High School in Oregon, 17 years of teaching math at Bear Lake High School in Montpelier, Idaho, and 2 years of teaching math at Naches Valley High School in Washington, including AP courses and courses for college credit.
Dan’s accomplishments prior to arriving at SKC had to do with rebuilding and improving existing math programs, plus an extracurricular academic program, to improve student performance and student success. Some of the programs were created by him alone, or as a result of his leadership, but he never wanted to claim those accomplishments as “his.” He prefers to think of them as a result of teamwork. He continues this commitment to improving student success at SKC through his involvement in various faculty workgroups.
His current goals at SKC are to constantly improve his teaching methods, and to increase student engagement, commitment, persistence and perseverance. He is seeking ways to improve New Student Orientation to assist students with the transition to SKC and ways to improve advising at SKC so that students are more engaged and get the assistance that they need, when they need it. The Math Department is always seeking ways to improve the success rates of our students.
Depending on what courses are offered in which term, Dan is usually teaching any three of the following: Algebra, College Algebra, Art of Math, Finite Math, Advanced Functions and Modeling, Trigonometry, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, or Statistics. He has also taught Calculus I, II, and III in past years.
Office Room: Beaverhead room 130
Office Phone: 406-275-4897
Office Hours: Office hours vary each term, depending on class schedule.