Deborah David delights in being a life-long learner and life-long educator who has taught children from age ten through graduate school. A former professional singer and actress, Ms. David began her teaching career at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, where she nurtured the daughters of renowned musicians, writers, designers, philanthropists, and President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline. She subsequently taught English to underserved high school students in Buffalo, New York, where she also founded a peer counseling drug resistance program, and developed the school design for D.C. Preparatory Academy, a charter school serving the poverty-stricken areas of Washington, D.C..
Ms. David was principal of a junior high school in Rochester, NY; founding Principal of a K-8 Charter School in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Wilton, Connecticut, where she was also named Teacher of the Year. She was vice-president at Edison Schools, an educational management firm where she recruited more than 60 principals for schools across the country. She initiated the Fisher Fellows training and mentoring program for the San Francisco KIPP Foundation’s School Leadership Program.
Ms. David became head of school at Marymount of Santa Barbara in 2005, and in 2011 took up her current post as Head of School at St. James’, a diverse Episcopal day school of 370 students, PS-Grade 6. She has served on numerous education, church, civic and performing arts boards including the national committee to select the first teacher in space.