Overview

Patrick Steck is a policy analyst for Deans for Impact. Prior to joining the Deans for Impact team, Patrick served as a legislative assistant in the Texas Legislature. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Piedmont College and his Master’s degree in International Policy at the University of Georgia.

My hope is that through improved education, future generations of leaders may be better prepared to handle today’s rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.

When/why did you start working in education?

My core academic interest is nuclear security policy. However, over the course of my studies, I came to realize that improving education on these critical issues is an essential tool to maximizing and leveraging nuclear security policy. This realization encouraged me to seek opportunities that would allow me to better understand and help improve the education system in the United States. My hope is that through improved education, future generations of leaders may be better prepared to handle today’s rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.


Why were you excited to join Deans for Impact?

In recent history, the United States has been the world’s largest power. Arguably, the influence and reach of the United States has begun to diminish. Without being a leader in education, the United States will struggle to consistently improve its social, economic, and political outlooks. The ability to join such a diverse and talented team committed to bringing about measured, positive change in the education system in the United States is a great privilege.


Why do Deans for Impact’s guiding principles ring true for you?

I believe that being successful in anything begins with admitting that there are deficiencies that need to be improved. At Deans for Impact, we have identified a deficiency in the preparedness of novice teachers. Our guiding principles establish a cyclical process conducive to continued learning and improvement that will elevate the national perception of the teaching profession and ensure the education system in the United States produces innovative and effective leaders.


What’s your favorite food truck and why?

Mighty Cone. All of your favorites, in a cone made out of a tortilla. Perfect grab-and-go meal for running to secure a spot at Blues on the Green or beating the crowds at Barton Springs.


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