William Patterson is passionate about education. With more than 15 years of experience, Patterson currently serves as director of secondary education and federal programs with the Jackson Public Schools Administrative Office. He began as a teacher in 1998, and has served as assistant principal at Hunt Elementary, principal of Wilson Elementary, and principal of instruction at Middle School at Parkside.
While educating young is his passion and his career, Patterson began his college education at Jackson Community College in 1989, after graduated from Lumen Christi High School. He earned his associate degree in science in 1991, then continued his studies at Eastern Michigan University. He graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree, double major in history and African-American studies, and a minor in mathematics. He furthered his studied by completing a Master of Arts degree from Spring Arbor University in 2001. He recently completed requirements at Michigan State University for a Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Administration, with a Certification in Urban Education, graduating in 2015.
In 2012, Patterson was honored as Educator of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was also recognized with the prestigious Regional Honors Award by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association.
In his current position, Patterson has primary responsibility for effectively directing, facilitating, coordinating and managing the successful short-term and long-term implementation of the Secondary Student Achievement programs for the school district. He brings his own contagious enthusiasm to the challenge of finding ways to reach every child and develop young leaders.
He and his wife live in Jackson, Michigan, and have two daughters – Taylor, 10, and Torie, 7. Patterson’s wife, Terri, is an elementary school teacher, so the vital importance of education is an integral part of their household and family philosophy from every angle.