David Theriault

Teacher, Writer, and Public Speaker in Fountain Valley, CA

David Theriault

Teacher, Writer, and Public Speaker in Fountain Valley, CA

Two things spurred my interest in reimagining what we do in the classroom.

The first was my own experience with school. While I loved learning and reading, I was not the best student when it came to grades. I still remember that feeling when I look at my students.

The second was the birth of my son. From the day he was born I knew that I only had eighteen years to transform his K12 experience. I share my experiments in the hope that we can get somewhere better: together.

I'm an English Literature Teacher who loves to take risks and meet new people. I love everything #nerd, comic books, sci-fi, samurai films, trying new food, and old school hip-hop and punk. I'm curious and I like to ask questions: A LOT.

I've taught AP English Literature, AP English Language and Composition for twenty years. I've also served as the Journalism teacher, Academic Decathlon coach.

I've also taught at Mayfair HS in Lakewood and in a continuation school in Bellflower. I've been the WASC accreditation coordinator twice and I've served as Department Chair twice.

  • Google Lead Learner 2014
  • Google Teacher Academy in Chicago 2013
  • Los Angeles Most Inspiration Teachers Mayor Award 1997
  • And a few other awards between those years

BA English (Critical Theory emphasis) UC Irvine

MS- Educational Technology Walden University

I am also the co-founder of edcampHOME.org the world's first all-online edcamp for professional development (contact me @davidtEDU to learn more)

I am a co-founder of #CAedchat the Teacher Twitter chat for the entire state of California. I created #slowchatED the first regular week-long teacher twitter chat. My favorite learning tool is online publishing and I'd love to talk to you about how this can transform your learning.

I run the blog www.thereadinessisall.com

I run/write the blog www.ideaFM.org

I love the three H's: Handshakes, High Fives, and Hugs- if you see me somewhere please stop by and say hi.

  • Work
    • Fountain Valley High School
  • Education
    • University California Irvine