“I love that we can just step outside, especially in the summer, and there are friends for the kids to play with, and some great adults for us to hang out with here.”
- Amanda Schaefer
Pat Schaefer describes his transition from college as trading one dorm room for many dorm rooms. In 2006, he graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. and moved into Whipple Dorm at Shattuck-St. Mary’s that summer as a classic “triple threat.” He taught history, coached girls basketball, and was a dorm parent to junior and senior boys.
That was 11 years ago.
There have been a few changes since those early days in Whipple when Mr. Schaefer could pass for one of his students. While still very youthful in looks and temperament, there are a few more responsibilities on his plate these days. He is chair of the History Department, serves as the 11th grade Class Dean, and is the faculty advisor to student government. And, yes, he still is connected to Whipple as an adjunct dorm parent.
What else has changed in the past 11 years? No doubt of prime importance is that Pat and Amanda were married eight years ago and she joined him for five years in Whipple – where they lived in four different faculty apartments! Aubrey, age 5, and Wes, age 3, also joined them in Whipple before their move three years ago to their current home – the Gate House. “One of my favorite parts about living at SSM is the community,” Amanda says. “I love that we can just step outside, especially in the summer, and there are friends for the kids to play with, and some great adults for us to hang out with here.” The Schaefer family also includes their furry friend Lizzy who likes to keep a close watch on her corner of campus. Amanda works for Allina Health Faribault Clinic as the Business Services Supervisor.
When they aren’t running and playing on the Parade Field or the campus playground by the Lodge, Aubrey and Wes fuel up in the dining room. Pat says they “go nuts” when noodles of any kind are served. As for Pat, he enjoys being on campus and part of the school community. “This is just as true now as it was when I first moved to campus 11 years ago. It’s an exciting place to call home.”