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HI! My name is Patti Tanner. I've served as the counselor of Riverchase Elementary since 2010. Prior to becoming a counselor, I was a teacher for 13 years! I received my undergraduate degrees in Finance and Elementary Education from Samford University and have Master's degrees in Elementary Education and Counseling from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. I am married. My husband and I have four children and three grandchildren. We also have a dog named Molly. 

I love being a school counselor! I love getting to watch students as they grow from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. I love hearing how they think and helping them problem solve and develop strategies for living life in a healthy and happy way. Getting to know them and their families is a privilege and I am so thankful for the opportunity to partner with parents on their journey through elementary school with their child. 

In my freetime I enjoy church activities, spending time with my family, traveling, going to musicals, being outdoors and reading. I am glad you visited this page. Next time you are at school, stop by and say hello! If I can help you in any way, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you soon! Please click here if you want to know more about our comprehensive school counseling program. We are really glad you have come to Riverchase and I look forward to joining you on this journey and meeting you very soon. Please call (205) 439-3400 or email me at if you have any questions. 

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