Patty Santiago joins the CASA board of directors after retiring from a long career in education. Originally from Wisconsin, Patty attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Carroll College. She has been a resident of Santa Barbara for over 30 years after moving here to attend the teaching credential program at UCSB. She taught at Franklin and Peabody schools in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista School in Goleta. After many years of teaching, she returned to UCSB for a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. She then served as an assistant principal at Peabody and La Cumbre Junior High School and principal at Washington School in Santa Barbara. The past 7 years she was the principal at La Patera School in Goleta. Her many years of working with children was one of the motivating factors for joining the CASA board.
In addition to serving on the CASA board, Patty has worked with the United for Literacy Committee at the United Way. She also volunteers at Dos Pueblos High School working with senior English AP students. She has three adult children, all of who attended local schools, who live in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.