Veteran high school teacher Daniel Anderson and his daughter, Jacquelyn Anderson Meza, reminisce about Jacquelyn’s high school years and the “no dating” policy that ruled their household. Today, both of them are high school teachers, and get a first hand look at the dating practices of teens each day. Together they dispel some myths teens have about dating.
“Change minds, change hearts, and change lives.” For all of his adult life, Daniel Anderson has been dedicated to this ideal. Whether as a veteran teacher in the public schools, coach, youth pastor, mentor, or father, he has lived out this philosophy. With a relentless drive for excellence, Daniel has been a college All-American basketball player, top producing realtor, and inspiring educator for over 23 years.
As a young teacher, Daniel was troubled by how his students approached dating and relationships and began to teach them myths about dating. He is bringing that same passion and commitment to help parents teach their daughters about dating, with his first book, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating: Truths Your Daughter Needs to Know to Date Smart, Avoid Disaster and Protect Her Future, to be published by David C. Cook in September 2016 and co-authored with his daughter Jacquelyn.
When he is not trying to change lives, Daniel can be found rooting for the Portland Trailblazers, continuing to raise his three grown children, being a committed husband of over 27 years, and following Christ’s calling at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon.
Jacquelyn Anderson has had a great deal of experience listening to girls' relationship challenges and concerns from the time she was a teenager and now as a high school English teacher in the Pacific Northwest.
Raised by two fellow high school teachers, Jacquelyn can attest to how difficult the teenage years can be regarding dating and relationships and how important it is for parents and their daughters to have open communication during this critical time. That’s why she has partnered with her father, Daniel Anderson, to co-author The 10 Myths of Teen Dating: Truths Your Daughter Needs to Know to Date Smart, Avoid Disaster and Protect Her Future, to be published by David C. Cook in September 2016. As a daughter of a father who freely admits to making a lot of mistakes during her formative teenage, dating years, Jacquelyn offers key insights at key moments giving parents an inside track into the minds of their daughters, their confusing culture, and how they, as parents, can help their teens guard their hearts and date smart—with their futures in mind.
Jacquelyn loves teaching but also likes to spend time with her husband, family, and her girlfriends. She enjoys reading a great book and is growing in Christ at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon.