Rocklin resident David Patterson joins Placer County Board of Education

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The 2012 November elections had four seats on the Placer County Board of Education eligible to be filled. New members were sworn in at the December board meeting. Joining current board members Robert Tomasini (Area 1), Suzanne Jones (Area 1) and E. Ken Tokutomi (Area 4), the following new members were officially sworn in: Susan Goto (Area 1), Kelli Gnile (Area 2), Dr. David Patterson (Area 3) and Lynn Oliver (Area 4) who was re-elected.

Area 3 covers the Rocklin area and with one open seat in the 2012 elections, it was filled by Patterson.

Patterson has more than 30 years of experience serving students and families in both K-12 and higher public education. Patterson and his family have lived in Placer County for 19 years. His wife is a math teacher at Rocklin High School and their three grown sons are graduates of Rocklin High School.

Currently, he is the founding superintendent of Athlos Academies. Patterson is also the founder of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools (2000-2012) and currently serves as executive director emeritus. He has also previously served for many years as an elected school board member at Rocklin Unified School District and also Del Paso Heights Elementary School District.

In addition, Patterson has also served as the director of governmental relations for the California Network of Educational Charters, representing California’s charter schools before the legislature, the State Board of Education, California Department of Education and the governor’s office. Prior to serving as director of governmental affairs, Patterson served for 10 years at the California Department of Education. He is a recognized expert in school reform policy and research, charter school law and policy and in state and national efforts to improve public schools.

Patterson has a doctorate in education and policy from the University of Southern California, a master’s in higher education administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.

Situated in the Sierra Foothills, Placer County Office of Education serves more than 68,000 students in 16 individual school districts across Placer County. In order to serve the students of Placer County, PCOE provides an array of programs and service to meet student needs. This task is accomplished by providing high-quality specialized programs for students; recruiting, retaining and developing highly qualified staff and monitoring fiscal accountability and expenditures of our tax. For more information, visit