Meet our Director of Leadership and Student Engagement

Date: June 30, 2010

If you have read our posts on Dr. Glasser’s methodology of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy—the guiding philosophy of Ombudsman—you are already familiar with Brian Patterson.  I am pleased to share the news of his recent appointment as Ombudsman’s Director of Leadership and Student Engagement.

Originally from St. Louis, Brian received his bachelor’s degree in history education and physical education in 1977. For more than 12 years, he managed educational programs for high school students in non-profit organizations in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. After seven years in business and financial services management, he returned to teaching, coaching and directing the choir at a private school in Glendale, Ariz.

He joined the Ombudsman team in 2003 as a part-time night session teacher at our Northwest Charter School in Arizona and quickly rose to the position of director at our West Charter School.  Brian completed Choice Theory and Reality Therapy certification with the William Glasser Institute in 2008 and holds a master’s degree in Education with Emphasis in Quality Schools.

In his new role, Brian will provide training and professional development in Choice Theory, Quality School and Servant Leadership concepts as well as the effective use of Reality Therapy techniques. In addition, Brian will provide guidance and instruction on relationship-building methods and strategies to improve student performance.

The creation of this new position reinforces Ombudsman’s commitment to student success and further distinguishes Ombudsman from other alternative education in its broad use of these strategies.

Please join me in congratulating Brian on his new role!


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