Origin Story

  • MR. PATRICK ROOT
     
    Your Friendly Neighborhood Art Teacher 
     
    Origin Story
    I was born and raised in Medina, NY as a superhero and science fiction- obsessed little boy.  I worked on my family's farm, assisting my father in difficult tasks such as driving tractor, baling hay, feeding and shearing sheep.  Oh yeah, during this time, I also honed my artistic skills drawing my favorite comic book heroes and villains!  You may notice a theme of my favorite superhero on my site and in my classroom.  (my childhood goal of illustrating comic books would go unrealized!)
     
    My college years were spent at Buffalo State College, originally as a Graphic Design major, but in a plot twist that changed the course of my life, I took an Art Education elective and was inspired to share my love of art with others.
     
    Upon graduation, I spent a short time employed as Art Teacher at Riverview Elementary in Tonawanda and then was lucky enough to gain employment here at Starpoint way back in 1997 (yes, I am THAT OLD!!!). My family left Medina and joined the wonderful Starpoint Community in 2016, so that my son could enjoy the inspiring educational experience that our school district provides.
     
    Strengths
    Unfortunately, much to my chagrin, I was not given any super powers, but I do have great wit and charm.  I have a good sense of humor and a total lack of shame.  But, most of all, I do have a gift for connecting with students and making the world of art come alive!  I hope to create an environment of safety and fun, so that your child feels free to express him/herself.
     
    Weaknesses
    According to my wife, I am funny, but not as funny as I think I am!  Plus, if you are reading this, you could probably guess, I tend to be long-winded!
     
    These are a few of my favorite things...
    • spending time with my family
    • my pet cat, Stewie
    • obviously, superheroes- especially Batman!
    • playing and watching basketball
    • reading
    • pizza

    Lego Batman Family Picture