Faculty & Staff

Debbie Patonai

Mathematics Teacher


College/University Attended: Mount Union College
Degree: B.A., Mathematics, French
Graduate School Attended: Kent State University
Degree: M.Ed., Mathematics Education​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Classes & Extracurriculars

Teaching: CP Algebra I, Honors Geometry, CP Geometry, Probability and Statistics
Advisor: Mu Alpha Theta, Math Team


Debbie Patonai is a graduate of Norton High School. She graduated from Mount Union College with a BA in Mathematics and French. She later received her Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from Kent State University. She has been selected for numerous teaching awards, including The Presidential Award for Mathematics, The Sister Scolastica Award, and The Tandy Scholar. In 1997, she was honored as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow and was chosen to work in Washington, DC at the US Department of Education for nine months. Her main focus during this time was the TIMSS study, The Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Missing the classroom, she returned in 1998 to continue teaching at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

“I love mathematics and its history; it is truly fascinating. It brings me great pleasure to share my enthusiasm and love of mathematics with my students. Over the many years that I have been here, St. Vincent-St. Mary has always been family to me.” 

-Ms. Debbie Patonai