There's never a slow day for La Crescenta resident Pat Rabe. A self-described "project person," Rabe devotes herself to charitable organizations and church-sponsored events, all while serving as a tireless presence in the lives of her students at Crescenta Valley High School.
"I can usually handle a project or two at a time, and teach," Rabe said. "It goes with my personality."
Rabe's road to teaching was not all that unusual. Coming from a family of educators — Rabe's grandmother and mother also taught for a living — teaching seemed like a natural career path. She taught for 17 years at Glendale High School, a job that she found both challenging and rewarding.
"Teaching is a really great job because it changes every day," Rabe said. "There's a lot of independence."
Rabe became involved with the National Honor Society at Glendale High School and worked with its members to raise money for the Pat Navolanic Memorial Award. Navolanic was a 1963 graduate of Glendale High who died at the age of 20. His Memorial Award had been given out since 1966.