Pat Bucher

  • is an experienced, highly innovative educator who regularly presents workshops locally,regionally, and nationally.
  • has received local and national recognition for her teaching excellence.
  • has taught the course, "DIVERSITY CONSCIOUS EDUCATION" - a Maryland State Dept. of Education accredited graduate course - to teachers in Montgomery County .
  • has served as a consultant to the Maryland State Board of Education on the development of their HSA online course for Algebra/Data Analysis.
  • has been presenting on diversity consciousness and mathematics in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area for over ten years. 
  • for three summers, was the Keynote Speaker for the National Security Administration's summer workshops for teachers of mathematics.  Participants for these workshops come from all over the world.

Pat is a graduate of Skidmore College and received her Master's Degree in Mathematics Education at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She has over 60 additional hours of graduate work in the areas of learning differences, diversity, computer science, and classroom management.

After graduating from Skidmore, Pat had a four-year career as a music teacher, which included teaching children with severe emotional, developmental, and behavioral problems. She soon found out that those years would prove invaluable to her after giving birth to her first child, Jimmy, who has autism and mild cerebral palsy.

The next period of her life she spent at home teaching her own son whom many labeled as unteachable. Jimmy is now an adult who is semi-independent, can read a newspaper, watch over his finances, and has held the same job for over 7 years.

Pat says, "Those years of trying to reach and teach my son taught me more about flexible thinking and creative pedagogy than any other experience of my life."

During that time she also became the parent of two additional children with more hidden disabilities.  Both her daughters were diagnosed with language disabilities and ADHD. She became a passionate advocate for children with all types of developmental disabilities.

Pat created a camp in Carroll County, Maryland, where none existed for children like her son, started a parent support group, and lobbied locally as well as nationally for better education opportunities for children with disabilities. She was the recipient of the "Carnation Volunteer of the Year for Central Maryland" for this work. Both the camp and the parent support group continue to this day.

She taught high school mathematics and computer science for 23 years for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

The student population of MCPS, located in suburban Washington, D.C., is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in the nation. MCPS serves approximately 137,000 students who speak over 120 different languages.

She recently retired from public school teaching and now teaches math at Frederick Community College.

She is married to Dr. Richard Bucher, a professor at Baltimore City Community College and author. Dr. Bucher received his Ph.D. in Howard University in Race and Ethnic Relations. His knowledge and passion for diversity issues has significantly contributed to Pat's own skills in this field.

At the present time, her son Jimmy works at a local WalMart as its head cart man, her older daughter, Katie, is a full-time mom who works part time as a fitness instructor, and her youngest, Suzy works in public relations and event planning for the Chemical Educational Foundation in Arlington, VA

Pat is a contributing author to these books:

Diversity Consciousness, 3rd Edition,


Building Cultural Intelligence:
9 Megaskills
2008, Prentice-Hall