I was born in 1966 on a British island off of the east coast of the United States called Bermuda. I moved to California with my mom and dad when my dad, who was in the military, was transferred to Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California in 1967. In 1969 my brother Peter was born. When my dad retired from the Air Force in 1976, my mom, dad, brother and I moved to Pacific Beach in San Diego. I went to Pacific Beach Elementary, Pacific Beach Junior High, and Mission Bay High schools. At U.C.S.D. I majored in Economics and minored in Music. My teaching credential and Master’s Degree are from the United States International University in San Diego. In 1991 I began my teaching career at Audubon Elementary where I taught three years of K/1, one year of fifth grade and one year of third grade. I taught third grade at Grant Elementary from 1996 through 2003. In 2003 I began teaching Kindergarten at Grant. I live in Pacific Beach.
When I am not teaching I like to surf, read, go for bike rides, skateboard, play Frisbee, go to church, make fancy desserts, play the piano, drums, accordion, ukulele, and guitar, and be with my friends.
My favorites are; blue, surfing, spring rolls, 60’s cars, fruit, rice milk, teaching, God, classical music, funk music, French Cafe music, Traditional Irish and Italian music, big block engines, the ocean, being outside in all kids of weather, and sunny days.
The things that I don’t like are; cooked peas, lima beans, dancing, cloudy days unless it's raining, 70’s cars, four cylinder engines, standing in one place, rooms with no windows, losing things, walking slowly while shopping, and bad sound systems.
Private Academic Tutor (2020-Present)
Kindergarten at Grant K-8 School (2003 – Present)
Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten at Grant K-8 School (2015-2016)
Third grade Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) Grant Elementary (1996 - 2003)
Kindergarten, first, third, and fifth grade GATE Audubon Elementary (1991- 1996)
Assisted Master Teachers in all areas of curriculum.
Present at school functions such as Open House, meetings, and conferences. (1990)
Senior Lifeguard for La Jolla YMCA. (1989)
Assistant Swim Coach - Swim San Diego (U.S. Swimming) - La Jolla YMCA. (1987-1995)
Swim Instructor for La Jolla YMCA. All ages and abilities. (1986-1995)
Swim Instructor for the Boy Scouts of America. (Summer 1985)
Sunday School Teacher:
Fifth and sixth grade co-teacher. (1989-1991)
Senior High co-teacher. (1987-1989)
P.B. Life college Bible Study group (1984 - 1988)
Grant School Bible Study (1996-2005 & 2009 - 2010)
Counselor for Youth Development International day camps. (1995-1997)
Counselor for Junior & Senior High youth groups of P.B. Presbyterian Church.(1986-95)
Summer Camp Counselor and bus driver at La Jolla YMCA. (1987-1991, 1998-2001)
Counselor for Senior High youth group at Torrey Pines Christian Church (1990)
Summer Camp Director at La Jolla YMCA Supervised up to six staff members. (1989)
Co-led Junior & Senior High youth groups of P.B. Presbyterian Church. (Summer 1987)
Day Camp Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. (Summer 1984)
Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. (Summer 1983)
Co-Founder, Surf Camp Supervisor, Lifeguard, and Surf Instructor:
Sol Surf Camp Inc. (2002 - Present)
www.InstructorDave.com (Sole Proprietorship) (2010-2020)
Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church:
Wedding Coordinator. (1987-2000)
Sunday morning custodian (1985 - 1995)
Mission Study Committee. (1994)
Representative: Youth & Young Adult Committee - Presbytery of San Diego. (1990 - 1992)
Deacon. (Active 1986-1989)
Member of Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. (1987)
Alter Call Counselor for The Harvest Crusade (1993 &1994)
Alter Call Counselor for Miles Ahead Crusade (1996)
Alter Call Counselor for Billy Graham Mission (2003)
Horizon Christian Fellowship:
Home Fellowship Assistant Leader (2005 - 2008)
Various Churches and Bands:
Worship Team Drummer/Percussionist/Traps (2007 - Present)
Worship Team Pianist (2009 - 2012, 2020 - Present)
Worship Team Accordionist (2014 - Present)
The Salvation Army:
Worship Team Drummer/Percussionist/Traps (2017 - Present)
BeStillPhoto.com (Sole Proprietorship) (2006-2020).
TheBeachAndBayCondo.com (2012 - 2017)
Information Technology Technician:
Data Pull Copy Services (2019 - Present)
United States International University, San Diego, California
Master's Degree, Person Centered Education. (1993)
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. (1990)
University of California at San Diego - Revelle College
Bachelor of Arts, Economics; Minor in Music. (1984-1988)
Mission Bay High School (1981-1984)
Pacific Beach Junior High School (1978-1981)
Pacific Beach Elementary School (1975-1978)
Kimberly Elementary School, Redlands, CA (1971-1975)
SPECIAL SKILLS & AWARDS
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) certificate.
English Language Development (ELD) certified through SB395.
Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) certified through SB395.
Supervising Master Teacher San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD)
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) compliant.
Eagle Scout with four Palms, Boy Scouts of America (1982)..
American Red Cross Lifeguard certified (1984-2008).
CPR and First Aid certified (1984-2013)
A nominee for Teacher of The Year at Grant School (2015-2016)