Dr. Patrick Tiedemann grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J. He graduated from Cherry Hill High School West in 1982. Tiedemann next attended Idaho State University and Rowan University and completed a double B.A. in Elementary Education and English in 1990. He completed his Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction at Chapman University in California while teaching fifth and sixth grade environmental science for Santa Barbara County Schools. From 1995 through 2002 Tiedemann taught fifth–eighth grades in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Most of those years were spent teaching sixth grade (multiple subject) elementary school. Tiedemann describes both the students and curriculum of sixth grade as a great fit for him. After teaching sixth and seventh grade Language and Literature at the Seattle Hebrew Academy for a year, he moved on to a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Patrick graduated with a Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture.
In August 2009 Tiedemann joined the faculty of Georgia Gwinnett College's School of Education. He is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education, and his current courses include Language, Literacy, and Culture and Reading Integration. Tiedemann describes his decision to join the GGC faculty as one of the best decisions he has ever made.