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Each week readers are invited to meet a Laurens alumnus who has returned and joined the staff of Laurens County School District 55.

Each alumnus will take some time to look back on memories from high school, remind us of their favorite teachers, and give us an opportunity to learn more about them and their accomplishments thus far.

"The dedication and loyalty of Laurens alumni in our school district is something worth celebrating," said District 55 in a release. "Our alumni make extraordinary things happen in our classrooms and schools. We are grateful to have them back with us as they influence the future leaders of America. If you see any of our alumni in the hallways or grocery stores, please stop and thank them for coming back to make a difference."

This week’s Alumnus in the spotlight is Erin Patterson (formerly Erin Owings).

What year did you graduate?

I graduated from Laurens in 2009.


What is your overriding memory from high school?

My overriding memory from high school was cheering under the “Friday Night Lights.”


Who was your favorite teacher/faculty member at the high school?

Mrs. Washam was my favorite teacher. Her love for her students was undeniable, and it made me feel welcomed to ask questions. It created a great learning environment.


What activities were you involved in at the high school?

I participated in cheerleading, softball, yearbook and was a sports medicine student trainer.


Details of further/higher education (e.g., place of study and qualifications gained):

I attended Brown Mackie College in Greenville. I graduated with honors in 2013 with an associate in applied science of surgical technology.


Where do you teach? What subject and grade level do you teach?

I teach at Laurens High School as a health science education teacher for ninth through 12th graders.


Tell us about yourself: family, where you live, etc.

I married my high school sweetheart, Tori Patterson, who also works in the district and is the Raider baseball coach. We have two children, Brayden and Mackenzie. We live in Laurens and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. I began working for Greenville Health System in 2013 as a Certified Surgical Technologist. I worked in the operating room at Hillcrest Memorial and Transferred to Patewood Memorial in 2017.


What do you think your greatest accomplishment is thus far?

Being a mother to two wonderful children. Also, I have had the opportunity to work in two rewarding careers geared toward helping others.