Patrick Allison is the director of Marketing and Admissions at Santa Clara High School where he is focused on revitalizing the charism of the school and broadening their community outreach.
Patrick chose LMU's Ed.D. Program to develop the skills he needs to become a more effective servant leader working for justice for his students and their families. His experiences in school were not the best and he learned from a young age that education is a powerful system that is not neutral as it works for some and against others. As a Catholic educator, he strongly believes that education is a process of whole person formation that occurs in community, and something that must work to give access to the shared benefits of society to all.
Patrick’s dissertation study was an exploratory social network analysis of how communities of practice support inclusion in Catholic schools. He is planning on conducting future research in the area of inclusion, leadership, and environmental influences on disability.
He is grateful to the LMU Ed.D. Program for giving him the confidence to step out and take risks for the sake of others in education. This program was more than professional instruction, it was a process of personal formation for Patrick.