Beth Patten is a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Pennsylvania Policy Fellow who teaches 7th-grade social studies at Kutztown Area Middle School in Kutztown. She is the social studies department leader and a co-chair of the secondary literacy committee. In addition to teaching, Beth is a consultant at the Philadelphia Writing Project at the University of Pennsylvania, GSE, and presented at the National Council of English Teachers. She founded peace.love.kutztown, which is a community effort to start a dialogue around social justice issues. She serves as a board member of Kutztown Strong, a grassroots effort to end substance use disorder, and is a facilitator at Princeton, NJ’s Not in Our Town, an interfaith and interracial justice group. Beth earned a BA from Bloomsburg University in history and communication studies and an MEd in curriculum and instruction.