Funny thing is, their mentor wasn’t a fan at all, initially.“I hated computers. Really, I couldn’t stand them,” said Patrick Kutkey, a 12-year Pacific Middle School instructor with 17 years of classroom experience.He found them more tiresome than handy. “It was painful,” he said, recalling clunky models and days of floppy discs and no hard drives. “If you wanted to get anything done, you had to pull out the manual. I tried to avoid them, as much as possible.”Then, the grade school teacher found his new Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in Vancouver crawling with Macintosh computers. He had marching orders to use them.He helped students play “Sim Ants” (the object for a band of ants: team up, battle rivals and infiltrate a human home to drive away its residents) and “it just all sort of started to click,” he said.“I actually learned a lot about how to use a computer, playing that game,” Kutkey said.Now look: His computer lab in Room 306 bustles with excited students, where he leads sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders through essentials. They come to learn keyboarding, how to prepare smart Power Point and other digital presentations, and, ultimately, to write HTML and other software code.Then there are the games, more intricate and clever than ever — easily the best way to get youngsters’ attention, and, just as Kutkey found, a great way to master computer skills.