With her red pen in hand and a chalkboard in front of her, Allison Patrick started class.
She gathered a few of her stuffed animals –– a pig, a bear and a few rabbits –– sat them at a table in the family’s playroom, and went looking for her younger brother, Carter. When she found him, she asked, “Do you want to play school?”
Patrick became a teacher. She was just five.
Her kindergarten teacher, Devon Freeman, influenced her. By second grade, she wrote a paper and pronounced she wanted to be a teacher because she loved school and liked helping people.
She has gotten her wish.
Patrick, a senior from Morgantown, West Virginia, will graduate in May with a degree in elementary education and a minor in…