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Mrs. Patton to Retire After 30 Years Of Service

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Whether helping a sick or injured student or serving up some of her infamous homemade baked goods, TAHS school nurse Julie Patton has been caring for the students and staff of Tyrone High School in many ways for the past thirty years. Unfortunately for Tyrone, Patton will retire at the end of this school year.

“Mrs. Patton is amazing. She tells it like it is and is always willing to help in any way she can. Jules is a team player and does everything at one hundred percent.  She is passionate about her work and doing things right,” said High School Principal Tom Yoder.

Patton moved to the area from upstate New York when she was in middle school and graduated from Bellwood Antis High School. She then earned her bachelor of science in nursing at Penn State.

[Patton] is an amazing nurse. She tells it like it is and is always willing to help in any way she can. Jules is a team player and does everything at one hundred percent.  She is passionate about her work and doing things right.”

— High School Principal, Thomas Yoder

After working for several years in critical care at Mercy Hospital in Altoona, Patton taught at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.  When college nursing programs started taking off, most local nursing schools closed, so Patton was in need of a new job. At that time there happened to be an opening for a school nurse at Tyrone.

“School nursing was a great fit for my family. I had two young daughters at the time,” said Patton.

Not only was school nursing a great fit for Patton’s family, many staff members note that it is also a great fit for her personality. Patton is well-known for her down-to-earth approach when caring for students.  Patton always seems to know when students are (or aren’t) sick and how to deal with them.

“For me, Nurse Patton has been a pillar of the school since my years as a student.  Her ‘no-nonsense’ approach has been perfect for helping to determine the students who truly needed the nurse’s office and those who were trying to avoid other things, like going to class! Jules will be missed in so many ways,” said Director of Curriculum Leslie Estep.

Throughout the years, Patton’s job has shifted to fit the students’ changing needs from when she began her career thirty years ago.  

“It seems like there is just more of everything – more chronic health issues, more mental health issues at younger ages, more family concerns, more of everything. Of course, there are so many more ways to help kids too. Also, there is certainly much more that is technology-based which is sometimes a blessing and sometimes not,” said Patton. 

I think May 31 will be happy and sad for me at the same time! Bittersweet”

— Julie Patton

In her retirement, Patton plans to help care for her three grandchildren, eight-month-old Lena, five-year-old Copper, and eight-year-old Peyton.  

She will also have more time to devote to her hobbies which include cooking, baking, making quilts, and reading.

While Patton is looking forward to having more time to do what she loves, she will miss all of her friends at TAHS.

“I think June 1st will be happy and sad for me at the same time. Bittersweet,” said Patton.

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Emma Hoover, Features Editor

Hi, my name is Emma Hoover, and I am a Senior at TAHS.  This summer I was a Lifeguard at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park.  During the school year, I’m a member of many clubs. I have been a part of Pops Extension for three years and this year I am Co-President of Pops.  I am also a member drama club, and I starred in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast and Into The Woods. Additionally, I participate in National Honors society, YAN, and Prom Committee.  After high school, I plan to go to Penn State as an engineering major. I joined Eagle Eye because I enjoy journalism, and I had a wonderful experience being part of the Eagle Eye staff last year.

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My name is Brandon Escala, and I am a senior here at Tyrone. I am a 1st-degree black belt. I have plans to attend Penn State to get a degree in psychology and to later attend law school. I love going to the movies, especially drive-inn theaters. Some of the movies I like to watch are usually Sci-Fi, Superhero/Action, and Comedy. Aside from being in the Eagle Eye, I am also a member of YAN, Concert Choir, and Mock Trial. I joined the Eagle Eye again this year because I love taking photos at school events. A fun fact about me is that I spent nine days at Washington D.C. at a Latino Leadership Law Camp and met the Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, and other Latinos in charge of major government agencies such as the Department of State and the SEC.

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5 Responses to “Mrs. Patton to Retire After 30 Years Of Service”

  1. Kathy L Holsinger on May 10th, 2018 9:06 am

    Congratulations and best wishes! I know you will love your retirement.

  2. TSM_Myth on May 10th, 2018 11:20 am

    Did she say May 31st or June 1st

  3. Christian on May 11th, 2018 12:07 pm

    june 1st

  4. TSM Daequan on May 11th, 2018 8:28 am

    May 31st brother

  5. beverly on May 14th, 2018 10:17 am

    i will miss u Mrs. Patton

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