Daniel Ackerman has devoted his career to secondary education. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in secondary education from Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas) in 1995, he went on to become a high school social studies teacher. Ackerman taught for 11 years in an alternative program at Washburn Rural High School (Topeka, Kansas), an environment that allowed at-risk high school students to achieve their goal of earning a diploma. He also coached football and track and field, where he was able to connect with students from throughout the school.
While teaching, Ackerman completed his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas) in 2006. He went on to become an Assistant Principal at Highland Park High School, which has been his second home since 2012. Highland Park High School is a diverse, inner-city, 850-student school with a wide range of students. Ackerman has incorporated his experience with at-risk kids to support his current students as they navigate their way through high school.
Ackerman is married to Megan, his wife of nearly 20 years. They have two teenagers of their own, a 17-year-old son, Alex, and a 13-year-old daughter, Emma… in addition to his 850 “kids” at HPHS.