For the last 16 years, Mrs. Pat Hasek has been a staple in the STM faculty. She first began her tenure at STM in 2002 as the director of technology and has served as the director of the international program at STM since it started in 2013. Hasek works very closely with students attending STM through the Wisconsin International Academy and International Education Foundation, helping them adapt to American culture, perfect their English speaking skills, and prepare to attend an American university. In her role, Hasek also travels to China each year to recruit new members of STM’s student body, which currently consists of 25 students from China and Vietnam.
“Ms. Hasek is more than just our international teacher; she is also our American parent,” said junior Tingwei Wang, who was raised in China and attends STM through the Wisconsin International Academy. “She helps us in a lot of aspects, not only academically, but also with problems in our daily life. She always listens to our questions carefully, and we figure out how to solve them together.”
Hasek switched from technology to the international program for the challenge and the reward of working with students again. “The international program adds another layer of diversity to the STM community,” Hasek explained. “We can all learn to be global citizens and move outside of our own comfortable cocoons to interact with other cultures. It teaches us to be more aware of differences and adjust how we act and interact with all faculty, staff, and students.”
This Thanksgiving, Hasek plans on having former STM international students to her house for dinner. “My kids come back and WeChat with me quite often,” Hasek explained. “We have had many international students stop by STM to visit during their college breaks, and it is great to see how they have adjusted to life in college and matured as young adults.
Thank you, Mrs. Hasek, for your years of service at STM!