Bench dedication remembers Marble Falls High School teacher


MARBLE FALLS — Education and students were always top priorities on Marble Falls High School teacher Patsy McDonald’s list. Even now, four years after her death, McDonald still has an influence on the school through scholarships and grants in her name.

On Nov. 16, the Alpha Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (a society for female educators) is dedicating a bench in McDonald’s honor at Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. The ceremony is 4:30-5 p.m. in the cafeteria courtyard.

McDonald passed away in September 2012.

“Patsy was a dedicated teacher who is remembered by her many students for her challenging instruction and her push for her students to strive for becoming the best they could be — both academically and personally,” said Diana Virdell, a friend and colleague of McDonald’s. “She was an avid Mustang fan and could be spotted at all school activities.”

McDonald was most commonly seen in the halls of Marble Falls High School, where she worked for 28 years. She taught mathematics, computer science and physics.

Even after retiring from the high school, McDonald didn’t put education behind her. She simple went in a new direction at the University of Texas in the Instruction Technology Department. In her new career, McDonald played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of the QUEST program, which uses a mix of technology, social networking and other learning tools to enrich the educational experience and help students build connections across courses.

In helping develop the program, McDonald worked with more than 20,000 educators, once again furthering her impact on the lives of many students.

As a member of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, she continued to promote education in any way she could including serving as the society’s newsletter editor, developing and maintaining the Alpha Chi website and presenting at the Delta Kappa Gamma state convention.

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