Dr. Patricia Hilton compares her arrival at Bluefield State College to "returning home." The former West Virginia Tech faculty member joined the BSC teacher education faculty at the start of the Fall 1997 semester. A graduate of Kent State University, Hilton received her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She taught at Alice Lloyd (KY) College, West Virginia Tech, and the University of Houston before returning to the Mountain State this year. "My experience with students at West Virginia Tech was a very positive one," she noted. "Students at Tech and at Bluefield State College have a wonderful desire to learn. They're very receptive." Hilton teaches Fall semester courses involving foundations of education, psychology of learning, reading & language arts for the elementary school teacher, and content reading. "There has always been a need for excellent, well-trained teachers," she observed, noting that a "baby boom echo," during which the children of baby boomers are expected to establish families in the near future, should increase the demand for qualified, motivated teachers in the near future. With 20 years' teaching experience, Hilton finds personal and professional fulfillment in her career. "Teaching is fun," she said. "The teacher must have a passion for learning--it's a lifelong learning process. It is very rewarding to have a positive influence on the lives of students." "We have an excellent teacher education program at Bluefield State College," she added. "I'm honored to be a part of it."