Daniel Patterson has dedicated his life to educating and supporting parents to raise authentic, vibrant, and thriving teenagers. Daniel has worked in secondary education for sixteen years as an English teacher, high school assistant principal, and currently as an alternative high school director. Wanting to extend his reach and avenues to effect positive and progressive changes, Patterson launched his full-time consulting firm, Patterson Perspective Inc., in 2017. His consulting work includes positive reinforcement to teenagers so they are able to reach their full capacity in academic and social frameworks and by giving parents the necessary tools for their children to achieve this.

Patterson released his first book, “The Assertive Parent,” in 2018. Drawing from his years of experience, “The Assertive Parent” is a compilation of hacks, tools, and strategies that serve as a road map for parents to assist their children in building autonomy, authenticity, and resilience. His next work titled “Recover[EDU]” will be released in early 2020, providing educators with a better understanding of secondary education as it relates to teenage mental health disorders and substance abuse recovery.

Patterson has been a featured voice in several publications, including contributions to NBC News, Fox News, The HuffPost, The Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Entrepreneur Magazine, Thrive Global, MSNBC.com, Sheknows.com, Bustle.com, among others. He has also been an invited expert on podcasts, radios stations, and speaking engagements including TedX Newport Beach, My Dad Pod, The Bruce Cook Show, and No Bounds Podcast.

Having persevered through his own struggles with mental health and addiction, Patterson is extremely passionate about advocacy work and getting involved in channels that best serve today’s youth. When not in the office, he can be found using his expertise on the board of directors of the Imagine Foundation, an organization committed to assisting and empowering struggling young people.


Assistant Principal | English Teacher | Reading Comprehension & Writing | AVID Instructor | ASB Director | Varsity Tennis Coach


Administrative Services Credential | MA: Secondary Education | BA: Rhetoric & Media Studies


California Administrative Services | Single-Subject: English | Secondary: Multiple Subjects

Awards & Recognition:

Rotary Club Teacher of the Year (2012) | PTA Honorary Service Award (2012 & 2016) | Newport-Mesa USD Superstar Award: Administration (2016) | City of Newport Beach Proclamation Recipient (2017) | Top Ten Entreprenurs of 2018: Kivos Daily