Many women have influenced Pat Boshe in her life and it was through them that she became the woman she is today.

She teaches her students the importance of working hard and giving it your best. Boshe is an instructor of Marshfield High School’s Family and Consumer Science class, Pro Start/Culinary Arts, ServSafe and advisor for the high school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. In addition, she teaches apparel construction and interior design classes.

While she wears many hats and is constantly on the go, it’s just part of the job for Boshe.

According to Boshe, one of the influential women in her life was her great-aunt, Eva Callaway, who was a retired Navajo Indian teacher on a reservation. She stayed with her and did daily chores there.

“Nobody had running water there, so we would haul water for people and tame all of their kittens,” said Boshe. “Every day, we would go to all of these different neighbors houses and ride bikes with my friends.”

Education was important in Boshe’s family. Her mother, Ellen Skinner, was married at a young age, but went back to school to get her GED, then went to college. Boshe said her sister was probably the biggest influence in her life because education was really important to her.

“Whenever I was in high school and she knew that I wasn’t going to go to college right after high school, she said, ‘If you’re going to just minimum wage some place and not go to college, then you need to experience another culture. You need to move and get out of Missouri if all you’re going to do is work.”

Boshe traveled to South Carolina and worked in a sporting goods store. She did snow skiing for three years and stayed active. While in South Carolina, she learned how to clog dance in Spartanburg from her teacher, Judy Smith. Before moving back to Missouri, Boshe met a woman named Peg McLerran, a national clogging instructor from Indiana. She encountered her in Fontana Lake and Dam, N.C. Through McLerran, Boshe was able to become a professional clogging instructor. She provided Boshe an opportunity to teach clogging classes at an international level. Boshe moved back to Missouri and started teaching her own clogging class, as part of her business, which she started in 1981. She had about 150 students a week and 12 clogging teams that performed in shows and competitions. Boshe also started working at Silver Dollar City in Branson, where she did dog and pony shows. She also would do Missouri tourism commercials for Silver Dollar City. With that job, Boshe traveled with entertainers and artists to different states, promoting the business.

“We would meet people and encourage them to come to Silver Dollar City in the summer,” said Boshe. “We would do morning TV shows, like maybe in Wichita in the morning and Oklahoma City in the afternoon. We would fly three times a day.”

Boshe mentioned another influential woman that played an important role in her life: Elizabeth Scott, who taught home economics for 36 years at Marshfield High School.

“In high school, I was the biggest goof of all,” said Boshe. “All I wanted to do was get my hot rod and go to South Carolina. I was 17 years old and I was moving to South Carolina. Elizabeth Scott had faith in me when I was in high school. Her room was one of the places I felt comfortable to hang out in.”

Scott taught Boshe something that she implements with her students at the high school — to have faith in your students.

“If someone has faith in you, you don’t want to let them down,” said Boshe. “If there is a teacher and they do not believe you can do anything, then why even try? That is kind of how I teach now. I believe in these kids and that they are going to make it. That they will do what’s right.”

Boshe gives credit to her faith in God as something that helped her become an influential woman. She mentioned Martha Marlin, her Sunday school teacher, along with her mother’s  friends, Ruby Owens and Zela Liesch.

“They were very faithful and salt-of-the earth people,” said Boshe. “A lot of times, when I was younger and stuff, and I was thinking about doing something I shouldn’t, I would just see those faces and think to myself, ‘I can’t do it.’ They still are women I look up to.”

It is Eleanor Gullett that gave Boshe the one piece of advice that changed her life. Because of that, she realized how influential a teacher can be.

“Eleanor made me realize the value one piece of advice can have on someone,” said Boshe. “I realized how powerful a teacher can be on students. That kind of inspired me to want to be a teacher.”

While she focused on other women who were strong role models for her, Boshe has been a very  influential role model for her students. One of them described her as “hardworking, dedicated and full of energy.” She puts her time and focus on her students, teaching them the value of hard work and giving it 100 percent. She, along with her students, help cater at events in Marshfield, such as the Boots, Bands and Barbecue fundraiser, the Webster County Victim Assistance Program’s fundraiser banquet, and several others.

Boshe has been a teacher at Marshfield High School for seven years. She is married to Mark Boshe, and they have two children, Lacey and Ashley, who both graduated from Marshfield High School.

Mail photo by Sarah Bicknell

You may have seen Pat Boshe and her students catering at several events in Marshfield, such as Boots, Bands and Barbecue, the Webster County Victim Assistance Program annual banquet fundraiser, and several others. Boshe is an instructor for Marshfield High School’s Family and Consumer Science class, Pro Start/Culinary Arts, ServSafe and an advisor for the high school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter. Pictured with Boshe is her husband, Mark, and two daughters, Ashley and Lacey.

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