2014 Distinguished Alumna
Patricia Ann Farber
Algebra Teacher, Desert Sands Unified School District (ret.)
1987, Life Credential, Mathematics, CSULB
1983, Master of Arts (Summa cum Laude), Educational Administration, CSULB
1982, Administrative Services Credential, CSULB
1970, Teaching Credential, CSULB
1967, Bachelor of Arts, English, CSULB
Patricia Ann Farber is passionate about teaching and has a 30+-year career in Southern California public schools to prove it. In 2005, she retired from La Quinta High School and, from 2007-11, substitute taught for the Long Beach Unified School District (USD).
From 1988-91, She was a MENTOR teacher for the Bellflower USD. She co-developed an integrated high school curriculum, “Futures in Space,” which partnered with space industry giants such as Rockwell and Boeing, among others.
As a respected expert on teaching math and learning, Farber presented workshops and served as a writer and TV guest. Her honors include 2001 and 2004 La Quinta High School Teacher of the Year Awards, ABC TV’s 2001 Golden Apple Award and a 1995 U.S. Congress Certificate of Recognition.
While attending CSULB, she was chosen Miss Cal State Long Beach, 1967. As a member of the Carillon Society, Director’s Circle for Athletics and President’s Associates, Farber donated the funds for the Patricia A. Farber Merit Scholarship, and, together with her husband, CSULB alumnus and dean of students emeritus Stuart L. Farber, contributed to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Farber Fitness Room and the CBA outdoor study plaza.
Her three children are Stuart L. and Nancy L. Farber and Joy Marie Dilday.