“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
This quote by Rita F. Pierson sums up why David chose to become an educator 7 years ago and is what continues to drive him today. His experience in Year 12 filled him with the desire to make a difference in the lives of his students. “I will never forget my English teacher when I was in Year 12, who spent countless hours after school helping me to improve in my essays. I went from being ranked in the bottom 10 of a grade of 150 students to being ranked in the top 10. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and I want to have this impact on my students”.
One of David’s strengths is his willingness to embrace challenges and take on different roles within a school community. In the past 7 years at his previous school, he has taught Mathematics; from students who find Mathematics incredibly difficult to students who have an abundance of talent. Additionally, he has taught Chinese and Biblical Studies, and has been a pastoral care teacher as well as the K-12 ICT Integrator.
David says, “As a Mathematics educator, I love the opportunities I get everyday to impact and nurture young minds. Not only is Mathematics an important part of daily life, mathematical skills are more sought after by employers than ever before, and it also helps students to see the world through a different lens – to make sense of the world they live in, and to appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the world that God has made. For the student who finds Mathematics challenging, I love the opportunity I get to help them make progress and to believe they can actually do it.”
David has always enjoyed working with young people. Even before becoming a teacher, he was leading his church youth group, was a private tutor to students in music and mathematics, and started up his own tutoring centre. Outside of school, David is married to his beautiful wife Clarinda and together they have twin boys Samuel and Nicholas, and daughter Hannah. They attend Pennant Hills Baptist Church and have been serving there for the past 15 years in various role and capacities.
David loves his music and in his spare time loves to jam with his mates. He has been playing guitar for 15 years and continues to seek out like-minded musicians who can share the love of music with him. He is also a sports fanatic, particularly basketball, where he keeps up to date with every statistic in the NBA.