Ms. Patti Lee-Muratori
9th grade TeacherNew Fairfield High New Fairfield, CT
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About Ms. Patti Lee-Muratori
I've been teaching at New Fairfield High School for fourteen of my sixteen years in education. My classes have included: Humanities, AP Literature, AP Language, British Writers, Foundations I Honors, American Poetry, Creative Drama, and Theater Workshop. My teaching background is nontraditional, as I come from the professional acting/directing/writing fields. I started acting in New York City at the age of fourteen through television commercials. I then moved on to film, television, and theater off Broadway and in Los Angeles. I have acted in approximately fifteen films, twenty television series, and fifty television commercials. I'm still a proud SAG, Equity, and AFTRA member.
When acting became a little repetitive and predictable, I wrote a screenplay with a partner, sold it, and went to work as a writer for Disney in Burbank, California. I also directed and produced plays in Hollywood. After the death of a loved one, I settled back on the east coast and upon the advice of a friend, decided to give teaching a try. Entering a classroom for the first time gave me an instant feeling of connection, and I've never regretted the career change. Teaching is a lot like acting anyway. It is very "in the moment" and very, very rewarding.
My education includes two BA's (Theater and English) from the University of Connecticut, an MFA from Yale and UCLA (Theater), and an MA (Literature) from WCSU. I am currently working on my PhD program in English at NYU. I look forward to another exciting, fun-filled year at NFHS--yes, I DO think high school is the greatest fun.