Project Coordinator, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation
Patrick has served as Project Coordinator with the Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation since August 2017. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he studied history and political science, and was a member of the university’s marching band. After graduating from college, he did a year of service through City Year, serving at-risk youth at Tilden Career Community Academy on the South Side of Chicago. He then moved to Houston to work for several years at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep, where he helped students prepare for college and beyond through the school’s Corporate Work-Study Program. Patrick is currently a student in the University of Houston’s Master of Public Policy program, where he is concentrating in education policy. He is excited to be a part of CHILDREN AT RISK’s work toward achieving more equitable education opportunities for all Texan students.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My answer to what I wanted to be when I grew up depended on when in my life you asked me, but there was a good chunk of time that I thought I wanted to be a mathematician. In late high school and college I also seriously considered going into the Foreign Service.
Which teacher had the greatest impact on you? Why?
My freshman and sophomore year English teacher in high school, Mrs. Padgett, had a huge impact on me. She really encouraged critical thinking and engaging with challenging material, and was not afraid to press students to take their insights to the next level. She really taught me how important it is to think deeply about big ideas, and to be interested in possibilities beyond those right in front of us.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Growing up I was a huge fan of fantasy, especially Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Harry Potter was especially important to me, because I grew up with those characters. When the 7th book was released (when the three main characters were all 17), I was also 17. I vividly remember my best friends and I all going to the midnight book release party at Borders, and then essentially not sleeping for the next 36 hours while we all read the book.
What is your dream for Texas children?
My dream for Texas children is that all children, regardless of their cultural background, language spoken at home, immigration status, or ZIP code, have access to a high-quality education and a healthy lifestyle. I hope that by working directly in communities and with policymakers at all levels, we can make this dream a reality.