A native of St. Louis and an educator for over 40 years, Patricia Smith Sanders is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools and Harris Teachers College. Her diverse teaching experiences include preschool, elementary, and secondary levels, urban, rural, and suburban demographics, and underachieving students as well as gifted ones. She began teaching elementary school in 1966 in the St. Louis Schools for a year, but when her husband began his military career, they moved to Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine where she taught as a substitute teacher until their transfer to Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, Missouri. There she taught Head Start in Warrensburg, directed a preschool on the base, and later taught English and Social Studies at Knob Noster Junior High. Returning to St. Louis, Sanders became the first African American teacher in the Parkway Schools in 1971 where she taught English at Parkway Central Junior High. In 1973, Sanders began a 32-year tenure in the Ladue Schools, first teaching English at East Ladue Junior High and six years later at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. For three years, beginning in 1987, she taught at the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, an intense summer institute for gifted sophomores from all over the state. At Ladue High School, she wrote curriculum for underachieving students, developed and taught an African-American Studies course, coached the award-winning high school dance team, and chaired the English department. In 2001, Sanders was awarded Teacher of the Year for the high school. In 2005, upon her retirement, the “Spirit of Inclusion Scholarship” was established and named in her honor. Since retirement, as an educational consultant she has presented workshops on topics that cover understanding African American students, teaching African American literature, closing the achievement gap, and creating equitable classrooms. In addition, since 2008 she has facilitated inclusion training classes for Edward Jones at their headquarter campuses in St. Louis, MO, Tempe, AZ, and Mississauga, Ontario Canada.