Dave Patterson is the founding Superintendent of Athlos Academies. Dr. Patterson is also the founder of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools (2000 - 2012) and currently serves as Executive Director Emeritus. CCSA recognized Dr. Patterson as the recipient of the Hart Vision Charter School Leader of the Year Award in 1998 and again in 2012 for outstanding leadership and excellence in education. 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. Dr. 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, CDE and the Governor’s Office. Prior to serving as Director of Governmental Affairs, Dr. Patterson served for ten years at the California Department of Education. Dr. Patterson also served as long-term member of the CCSA Member Council. 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.
Dr. Patterson received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.