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Design & Psychology Teacher

Doctoral Candidate

Hey there! I'm David, your friendly neighborhood Dutch-American globe-trotter! Born in Italy, my childhood was a non-stop adventure, bouncing from place to place. China, England, the Netherlands, several states in the US, and now Germany - I've called 'em all home.

Currently, I'm an IBMYP Design Teacher at the International School of Düsseldorf, a role I've cherished since 2012. Recently, I've started teaching IBDP Psychology, adding another dimension to my educational expertise. I'm also pursuing a doctorate in Education at the University of Bath since 2019, which has been an enriching journey. I've recently published a new academic article, which you can find here.

My passions don't stop at academia; they extend into acting, art, and animation. My creative odyssey kicked off at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague where I completed a Preparatory Art Year, then I earned a dual BA degree in Multimedia Design from the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Next up, an MA in European Media (Animation) from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, and then I jumped headfirst into the world of animated TV commercials - writing, directing, animating, and even doing voice-overs!

My acting shenanigans have scored me roles in commercials and even a TV show. But 2009 was a game-changer when I struck gold and discovered my true calling - education! I started teaching, nabbed an MA in Teaching (Secondary) from The College of New Jersey, and well, the rest, as they say, is history.