David wrote Crush Your First Year of College after dropping his daughter off at the University of Oregon. After having spent decades as an educator, trainer, and professor he found that his daughter needed a very practical set of tools to start college. Though she was a solid student coming out of a solid high school she had not been prepared for the immediate day to day success strategies to start college with confidence. It was this observation that led to Crush Your First Year of College.
David's father, Richard, started a story years ago about his special connection with a horse, Pepper. Richard allowed David to edit and add some media to the original project. After several years passed, David saw the potential of enhancing the original story to create a love and loss story line. This addition since blossomed to the now published children's novel - Pepper.
David's professional writing in the field of Educational Leadership and Teamwork has been active since 2010. David has written Leading School Teams published by Corwin. He is also the co-author of Peer Power published by Mimi & Todd.
David has a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. He has Masters degrees from both Pepperdine University and UCLA. And, he has a Bachelors degree from UCLA in Biology. He is an Adjunct Professor with two Southern California universities. And, has taught for two other universities as well. He has been involved in California public education for nearly twenty years. David currently runs his own consulting company and also consults and coaches with The Core Collaborative. He has consulted with countless schools and districts nationwide. He has also consulted and trained for the following organizations: The Leadership and Learning Center, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ICLE, NWEA, Curriculum Associates, and Imagine Learning. He has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for a 20,000 student school district. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Tina, and their two dogs. They are parents of two college students. He is a voracious collector of music, a die hard fan of UCLA football and basketball, a "bleed blue" LA Dodger and a loyal fan of the New York Football Giants.