Degrees and Certifications:
My name is David Peak and I would like to welcome you to Mr.Peak's 7th and 8th-grade classroom.
I am a graduate of the University of Arizona where I earned a Bachelor Degree in Creative Writing and a Minor Degree in The Classics. After college, I enrolled in Pima Community College's Teaching Certification program earning a certificate in secondary education. Upon completion of my certification, I was determined to give back to my community. After graduating from Pima, I decided to become a substitute teacher for the Catalina Foothills School District. I wanted to also help my community outside the classroom. As a result, I joined the Arizona Avengers where I volunteer as a costume Spider-Man. When I'm not cosplaying as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, I am out exploring countries like England, France or Italy and probably getting a cup of coffee.
Core Educational Beliefs:
My teaching philosophy is 'everyone can learn.' It is a simple saying, but I honestly believe it. To me, this saying means that every student has the ability to feel safe, participate and be successful in my classroom. It challenges both the student and teacher to avoid saying 'that's too difficult and instead directs them to say how can we work together.' This statement also does not mean that every student learns the same way. It celebrates that each student learns differently.
Substitute Teacher for the Catalina Foothills School District.
SALT Ambassador. My time as a SALT Ambassador prepared me to become an educator by teaching me how to be confident, independent, organized and how to love who I am regardless of my strengths.
Arizona Avengers. The Arizona Avengers (AzA) is an organization which works with local charities throughout Arizona to help underprivileged children meet their superhero idles.