Dr. Patti Skates Has Soddy Daisy's Best Interests At Heart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about someone who has not only been like a second mother to me, but has taken time out of her personal life to go above and beyond to help others including myself, Dr. Patti Skates. ( I would tell you about her credentials, but if you take time to research her you'll find they speak for themselves.) She is a true inspiration of how you can accomplish anything you put your mind to! She will be an amazing contribution to the city of Soddy-Daisy. 

Patti is a true friend to all she meets. She will listen to ideas of the community and will do what is best for the citizens. She is a trustworthy, Godly woman who always puts others in front of her self. When I was in middle school I was struggling to pass history class. I was not her student and didn't even go to school where she was teaching, I was just a daughter of her friend. My mother mentioned I wasn't doing well in history and that is all it took. I had a new tutor that Wednesday night. She stayed after church every night to help me study and teach me how to study in order to retain the information.  She didn't just help on a test or two, she helped me that entire year. Taking her time each week to make sure I was understanding and learning more each time.  She is like a second mother to me. Taking me under her wing when I needed someone to care a little extra, always making sure I remember who I am, and that I'm on the right path. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have made it through history that year.

She is the most dedicated person you will ever meet. When she finds something she loves, she works toward improving it and making it a great adventure for everyone involved. She has been an advisor and mentor to all her students that have entered her room. She oversees People to People missionary trips which is a student ambassador program so that students can understand different cultures and make the world a better place. She's been a part of these trips with students since 1990, where she not only gets to know her students better, but they as a group get the chance to minister to people from all over the world. It is so interesting to listen to all the experiences she has had and how they have made her grow as a person.  

She has dedicated her life to helping others and Soddy-Daisy is a prime example of her devotion. She moved back to Soddy-Daisy in 1973, was elected commissioner in 2001 where she served as commissioner and vice mayor until 2008. There is no one that would serve Soddy-Daisy better. 

If you are looking for someone to actually listen to your ideas and put them into action, Dr. Patti Skates is your commissioner. In a time where peoples' character are in question daily, Dr. Skates is a woman of her word and will act accordingly. I would be proud to call her my commissioner because I know she has Soddy-Daisy's best interests at heart. 

Beth Lewis

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