Pat Anderson earned an associate degree in computer science from Lewis College of Business. Before FJA, she worked in purchasing for 16 years at Chrysler Corporation. Pat first came to FJA doing janitorial work for a year and a half. In November 2006, her role shifted to receptionist and was there throughout the rest of her time at FJA.
For over 16 years, Pat was the voice of FJA and the first friendly face you encountered upon entering the school. Hundreds of students and parents can picture calling the school and hearing her greeting “Shalom, Frankel Jewish Academy, Pat speaking.”
During her time at FJA, Pat became an integral part of the community. Students knew they could stop at her desk throughout the day for a smile, laugh, or bandaid. An alumni visit to the school wasn’t complete without catching up with Pat at the front desk.
As an avid bowler herself, Pat was the bowling coach for several years, which only strengthened her relationships with FJA students.
In February 2023, Pat retired from FJA. When asked what she misses most, she said “enjoying a full day, watching the sunrise, and the ‘good mornings’ from the students.”
Pat said “from day one, it felt like I had been there for years. It was a real personal place to work. I loved the closeness of the school and family feel.”
Pat has left a lasting legacy on the school. The FJA community is stronger and brighter having had Pat at the front desk for over 16 years.
Pat lives in Southfield. She has a son named Stephen and four granddaughters. In her retirement, she plans to enjoy the luxury of sleeping in a little later in the mornings.