Summary:Current: I am looking to join a team. My background is in K-12 education, specifically teaching reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking. My goal is to find an opportunity where I can contribute my writing and communication skills along with my expertise in technology.
From 2012-2018, I taught high school English in Wisconsin. I worked with a diverse range of students and taught a wide range of ability levels, including English Language Learners, students with significant disabilities, and AP students. I've worked in suburban, urban, and rural schools. I spent a lot of time creating curriculum and working with young people to help them become more interested readers, persuasive writers, confident speakers, critical thinkers, and active citizens.
During my teaching career, through the University of Rhode Island's Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, I conducted research focused on creating inquiry based learning experiences involving technology. As a part of the National Writing Project (NWP), I conducted research on teaching students to write with new technologies. Also as part of the NWP, I created curriculum for teaching students critical reading, research, and argumentative writing skills for the digital age, and I taught these skills to other teachers at academic conferences.
In addition to these contributions to the profession and my primary role as classroom teacher, I served on a district-level curriculum development team, trained staff in the use of educational technology, coached dozens of students in state-level speech competitions, peer reviewed journal articles about teaching English for the Wisconsin English Journal, and co-lead the UW-Milwaukee School of Education Alumni Chapter's efforts to promote the teaching profession and recruit prospective teachers.
Specialities: Teaching and training, curriculum and content creation, managing groups, writing, editing, speaking, and using technology to augment learning.
David graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012 with an honors college diploma (earned by only 55 of 2700 undergraduates that year). He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa the same year.
Technology Related Work Experience:
From 2006-2012, David worked for the Elmbrook Schools Technology Services department as a summer intern and desktop technician. He was responsible for installing and troubleshooting hardware and software across an 11-building network with thousands of devices.
AP Computer Science: Java, Spring 2007
CS 150: Intro to Computer Science, Fall 2007
CS 251: Intermediate Computer Programming: C++, Fall 2007
Technology-Related Teacher Professional Development:
In 2013, David was selected as part of a limited cohort to be a summer fellow in the Greater Madison Writing Project, a branch of the National Writing Project. His research at the 2013 summer institute focused on writing with new technologies. (The National Writing Project is a highly recognized teacher professional development organization, and the only organization that receives federal funding for improving the teaching of writing.)
In 2016, David was selected to participate in the College, Career, and Community Writer’s program, a program that focuses on teaching students to become civic advocates and argumentative writers. David’s research in 2016 and 2017 focused on teaching students critical reading and research skills for distinguishing credible sources from fake news.
In 2016, David attended the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island. At the Summer Institute, David’s research focused on creating inquiry based learning experiences involving technology. (The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy was recognized in the US Department of Education in their 2017 National Education Technology Plan.)
Teaching and Coaching Experience:
David completed student teaching at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he taught 10th grade English and Theory of Knowledge, a course on critical thinking and argumentative writing. (Ronald Reagan High School was ranked the #2 high school in Wisconsin in 2014 by US News & World Report.)
David also taught at Platteville High School in Platteville, Wisconsin, and Greendale High School in Greendale Wisconsin. (Greendale High School has been named to the US News & World Report’s List of Best High Schools, The Washington Post’s List of America’s Most Challenging Schools, and Newsweek’s List of America’s Top High Schools.)
In Platteville, David taught English to high school seniors, including AP Literature and Composition and a technical college English course offered at the high school. In Greendale, David taught English to 9th and 11th graders, including co-teaching classes with students whose first language is not English and students with significant special needs.
David coached competitive high school speech teams from 2012-2018 and was a national level competitor before becoming a coach. He has coached dozens of state qualifying competitors in Wisconsin, and served for three years as head coach of the Greendale High School forensics team.
While teaching, David served as a member of the editorial board of the Wisconsin English Journal, a scholarly journal published by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English. He reviewed articles for publication and assisted in moving the journal to an all-digital format.
At UW-Milwaukee, David worked as one of the only undergraduate tutors on staff at the Writing Center, where he coached writers in hundreds of hours of tutoring sessions.
In 2017 and 2018, David served as the co-lead of the UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association’s School of Education Chapter. He planned and coordinated events to promote the teaching profession and encourage college students to become prospective teachers.