Dave has been the Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services for Minnetonka Public Schools, Minnesota, USA since 2003 where he creates the instructional technology vision and goals for the ongoing infusion of media and technology into a digital curriculum to enhance student achievement. In 2011 Dave helped start an award-winning 1:1 mobile device program for students in grades 4-12. He works closely with instructional technology staff, media specialists and other school leaders to inspire creative and innovative uses of technology including language immersion, curriculum, assessment, online courses, computer coding, makerspaces and more.
Dave has presented at numerous national conferences in the United States, including multiple times at ISTE, NSBA and ETT as well as FETC. In 2015, the National School Boards Association recognized him as one of the 20 To Watch educational technology leaders in the nation.
Since 2006 Dave has spoken to over 65,000 students, staff, and parents in schools, churches, and businesses about digital health and wellness in over 110 communities. For the past four years he has been promoting the benefits of educational technology and importance of digital citizenship to almost a quarter million people worldwide and counting through weekly blog posts at TheNextTechThing.blogspot.com
Prior to his current role, Dave taught elementary and middle school for eight years. Since 2007, he has taught graduate classes on instructional technology as an assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University Minneapolis, Minnesota.