David worked thirty-one years in public schools as a special educator. He has served as a special education teacher at the junior high school and senior high school levels, assistant principal, elementary principal, secondary principal at a vocational school, special education director, assistant superintendent for special education, and interim superintendent of a special school district. Since 1998, David has been employed as the educational consultant with the Thomeczek & Brink which specializes in representing school districts in special education matters.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, with honors, from the Kansas State Teacher’s College (now Emporia State University) training to be a special education teacher. David obtained a Master of Science in Education degree at the University of Kansas with additional special education training in the area of specific learning disabilities. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree at St. Louis University with emphasis in the area of school administration.
David has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis teaching graduate level courses on mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, and special education transition and at Webster University teaching graduate level courses on educational leadership and school administration.
David is a frequent presenter on special education topics, special education law, and No Child Left Behind. He has made five presentations at the National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Children with Disabilities, numerous presentations at the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education Fall Conference and Spring Law Conference, numerous presentations at the Missouri Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children, and numerous other presentations across Missouri.
David has been recognized as an outstanding special educator by the Missouri Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children through the presentation of the Joan Davis Special Merit Award. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.
David is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education. He is also a founding member of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, Special Education Advocacy Council.