Bike & Build - Patrick Wanninkhof

Patrick Wanninkhof

Maine to Santa Barbara 2015
Miles: 3987 / 3987       Days: 75 / 75       Build Days: 14       Rest Days: 3       Location:  Route is over    

As a teacher in the Bronx, I know that biking across America pales in comparison to the struggles my students must overcome on a daily basis.

I was thrust into the education with little background on the systemic inequities which limit my students. The middle-class ideal of meritocracy instilled me with the misguided belief that all my students needed to do was work harder and success would follow. This mindset was soon challenged when a student told me that she and her mom had been moving between relatives houses every week after they couldn't pay rent. How on earth could I expect her to give her all to Newton's Laws when she wasn't sure where she'd be sleeping that evening?

To fix systemic inequities which burden our nation, we need a systemic approach to fighting poverty. Education reform will be fruitless if we cannot guarantee that every child can return to a safe home in the evening. The quest for Affordable Housing for each American runs parallel to my dedication for bringing each student an excellent education. Only by simultaneously addressing both these issues can we guarantee the prosperity of each person in our nation.

My name is Patrick and I'm a Florida native and current New Yorker. I graduated suma cum laude from the University of Florida in 2012 with a degree in Materials Engineering. After undergrad, I was accepted into Teach for America and have been teaching Physics and Computer Science at a public performing arts school in the Bronx for the past three years. I recently earned my Masters in Teaching Adolescent Physics from Fordham University in 2014. I am currently a board member of STEMteachersNYC, an organization dedicated to providing high quality, teacher-driven professional development for educators in the tri-State area.

Outside of my passion for science education, I am an avid bicyclist and musician. I completed the New York Century ride with my dad and sister (2014 B&B Alum, SC2SC) in early September, and spend my weekends riding to escape the New York bustle. I've played the bass guitar and beat boxed for over six years and have actively played in bands since the beginning.

As someone with a Dutch father, bicycling is in my blood. Combining my passion for social justice and pedal powered-vehicles will make for the adventure of a life-time.


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Patrick has currently raised $11,988.
That's 266% of his $4,500 fundraising goal.
Maine to Santa Barbara's Affordable Housing impact:
Jun 20 - Portland, ME
Jun 24 - Fitchburg, MA
Jun 27 - Pittsfield, MA
Jul 9 - Columbus, OH
Jul 10 - Columbus, OH
Jul 12 - Dayton, OH
Jul 18 - St Charles, MO
Jul 22 - Springfield, MO
Jul 26 - Tulsa, OK
Aug 1 - Amarillo, TX
Aug 12 - Payson, AZ
Aug 15 - Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 19 - Williams, AZ
Aug 28 - Palmdale, CA