Secondary Choir & Ensemble
Education History & Credentials
BM Appalachian State University
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your teaching history:
David is a performer and voice teacher from North Carolina. As a performer, he specializes in opera and classical song. As a teacher, his genres vary widely. He began teaching at Centennial Middle School in Raleigh, NC in 2008 as the music director for musicals. Currently, in addition to choir at Grace, he also teaches voice for the music department of UAA. David particularly enjoys sacred choral music of the baroque era and 20th century.
What year did you start at Grace Christian School?
Why do you choose to teach at Grace Christian School?
Grace Christian School is an appealing environment for teaching with its central focus on the Word of God. This provides an incredible back-drop for a supportive, faith-filled faculty, an opportunity to work with young believers and, most joyfully, to grow in my sanctification by the witness which students and colleagues bear to me.
Tell us about a meaningful moment with a student:
A significant moment as a teacher came as I watched the love that my students have for one another. When, in a cynical and hard-nosed culture, a student is vulnerable enough to weep with one of their peers, it is a testimony to the tenderness and love to which we are called by Jesus Christ. Romans 12:15.
Tell us about a time when you have been able to witness the integrity driven culture here at GCS:
“Culture” is precisely the way to define the life of integrity at GCS. The trait is positively pandemic, which yields a safe, reliable, and robust learning environment. Success as an instructor is all the more possible because I start each day knowing I can trust my administration, my fellow teachers, my students, and their parents. A single moment of integrity is not so noticeable as the persistent presence of integrity in the character of students and faculty.
What is your favorite unit/topic/project to teach and why?
Sacred A Capella choral music is one of the greatest genres to teach and share with my students. Even secular schools and programs use these sacred pieces in their repertoire because such music is universally regarded as the highest caliber of composition from the past 500 years. The extra bonus is that, at this school, we have the benefit of being able to connect deeply with the sacred texts and singing for the Lord.
What do you hope students have learned from being a part of your classroom?
2 Chronicles 20- When facing the enemy, put the choir out front, for the battle is the Lord’s.
How do you motivate your students to become active learners in your classroom?
Colossians 3:23 helps us understand that we can face even unpleasant tasks with joy if we work as unto the Lord and not for men. If students are able to place their relationship with the Lord as top priority, it can help them achieve well in any class or at any task. Additionally, finding the right level of challenge to provide stirs motivation as students see a goal that is not so simple as to be mundane nor so difficult as to cause them to abandon hope.
Favorite Food: Bacon
Favorite Hot/Cold Beverage: Mint tea
Favorite Books/Author: Psalms. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. The Complete Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson.