2015 Principal Winner
School: KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School—Atlanta Public Schools
Project: Technology for Blended Learning
Dave is the founding principal of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC), which he designed and opened in 2011 with the help of his incredible team of teachers. Prior to opening KAC, Dave spent a year as a Fisher Fellow with the KIPP Foundation where he spent twelve months observing over 35 different high schools across the nation and developing the school design plan for KAC. Dave began his teaching career as a Teach for America Corps Member at Booker T. Washington High School where he taught 9th and 10th grade English. His time at Washington sparked a passion for teaching and serving the children of Atlanta which lead him to join the faculty of KIPP WAYS Academy Middle School where he taught 6th and 7th grade reading, as well as serving as the 6th Grade Grade Level chair and English Dept. Chair. Dave lives in Grant Park with his amazing wife, Emily and three incredible children who all attend local charter schools. Dave earned his BA in English with a Minor in Theater from the University of Rochester and earned his master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from National Louis University. Despite growing up in Massachusetts and being an ardent fan of Boston sports teams, Dave now considers himself a proud Atlantan.