David Grimm is a lifelong resident of Central Florida. He graduated from Colonial High School in 1994, and was a member of the 1993 Grenadier football team that made the state playoffs. David graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education, and he is also a highly qualified certified math teacher.
He and his wife Kari (Lake Nona HS math teacher), along with their daughter, Emma, live in the Lake Nona community. Their older daughter Shelby, is a senior at Florida Atlantic University.
David is currently in his twentieth year of classroom instruction, all within Orange County Public Schools. This experience gives him the unique perspective of what is most important on the front line of education. During his years he has also had the opportunity to serve in other positions in education. He has coached several sports teams at all levels; he has sponsored clubs; he hasserved as an administrative dean; he has worked as both an assistant athletic director for a high school and athletic director for a middle school; he has represented a high school in our district math professional learning community facilitator.
Being a parent, on the front line of education (the classroom) for twenty years, serving as a leader in both teachers and extra-curricular teams … these opportunities have given me the perspective and experience that no other candidate in this race has.
I hope to bring that perspective as we establish policies and changes to help regain what should be the focus of education, our students. We need school board members who are passionate about the student but also the teachers and communities they serve, members who are not using these positions as a stepping-stone in the political process but who are professional educators. I will stay up to date with educational trends while always remembering the successes of educational past. I will use my passion to do what is best for students, teachers and our communities. I will bring back the Heart of Education!
These are in no particular order. 1. Work on controlling the growth which leads to over crowded schools. The School Board is the first group to approve new development. 2. Allow for the public speaking segment of the School Board meetings to be live streamed and take place at the end of the meeting. 3. Get rid of any standardized test not required by the state legislation. 4. Tightening of schools with low cost security measures. ie single entry points 5. Continue to increase the mental health services. 6. Make sure the 1 mill tax money has detailed transparency for the citizens. Potentially create a citizen oversight committee. 7. Create either a student member of the School Board or a student committee that communicates with School Board members. 8. Establish an office/space for me at each HS in District 2, so that I can be closer to the teachers, students, parents and be more accessible and visible. 9. Create a teacher committee to communicate with the School Board to discuss non-bargaining issues 10. Build better quality schools. 11. Increase teacher pay. 12. Advocate in Tallahassee to get rid of merit pay 13. Help establish policy on technology usage 14. Better training for teachers to work with ELL students 15. Follow state law that allows VAM to be removed from teacher evaluations