Patrick and his wife Danielle are both Colorado natives and have lived in the local area for 14 years. They have two children, Tegegn who is a current kindergarten student and Preston who will begin pre-k in the 2016 fall semester at Monument Academy. Over the past two years Patrick has served on the Monument Academy Finance Committee, with Don Griffin and Nancy Tive, assisting them with school finances and budgeting issues. Patrick not only lives in the community, but has owned and operated a local community business for almost a decade.
Patrick is very active in his church and has a love for men’s discipleship. He is currently attending Golden Gate Theological Seminary seeking an advanced theological degree.
For fun he enjoys golf and time with family.
Statement of Interest
Education is a value that I hold very dear not only for myself but also for my two boys. I have a deep concern for their education and the curriculum they are learning. Serving on the finance committee over the past two years I have developed a deep admiration for the administration and the teachers for the work they do providing the highest standard of education to the students of Monument Academy. This admiration, in large part, comes from their sacrificial choice to serve at a school that matches and holds their own personal values and in many situations at a compensation level that is lower than other surrounding districts.
This brings me to the first main issue that is of importance to me, as I seek this position on the board. I believe that our teachers should have the same professional opportunities as their peers in surrounding districts. This includes a competitive compensation structure that matches the level of commitment and dedication they have to our students.
The second major reason I am seeking a board position is my belief that Common Core is not good for our students and by extension for my children. I believe that parents are better prepared and suited to direct the education of their children. I want to make sure Monument Academy continues to remain separate and unique as we choose our own standard and curriculum for our children.
Lastly as a business owner I care about growth, opportunity and the future. I am excited about what Monument Academy can be in the next 5 to 10 years. Currently, we have some unique challenges as it relates to growth and space. I think we need to ask some questions. What can we be and what would it take for us to get there? Should we have a high school? How do we make our standard of education accessible to more children? I feel these are critical questions facing the school in the near future.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to the opportunity to hopefully serve s a member on the Monument Academy Board as we work together to make our school the best it can be.