David Pettinari was born and raised in San Bruno and the Napa Valley. He attended Parkside Middle School and Crestmoor High School in San Bruno, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds an AA degree in Liberal Arts (Emphasis: World Comparative Literature) from Skyline College in San Bruno, and a BA degree in Classics (Emphases: Latin, Classical Greek) from San Francisco State University (SFSU), where he was the Honors Graduate for the College of Humanities, President of the Classics Students’ Association, and recipient of the Richard B. Trapp Memorial Scholarship. He was awarded his Multiple Subject Teaching credential from SFSU and later returned to receive supplemental credentials in Computer Concepts and Applications, and Introductory English. Mr. Pettinari holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential from California State University – East Bay. He is a prestigious graduate of both the MERIT technology program at Foothill College, and the Teachers Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) at the California Academy of Sciences, where he worked on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). needs assessment, and technology integration in the classroom. He has 14 years of classroom experience both at the Elementary and Middle school levels and currently teaches Digital Media, English 8, Leadership, and Yearbook at Taylor Middle School.
Mr. Pettinari relishes his position as digital media instructor at TMS and combines his love for video production and photography into his unit lessons. Under his tutelage his students have produced several videos about student life at TMS and the TMS Bulldogs BARK code. He is currently working on his Google Apps for Education (GAFE), and Swift programming language certifications. GAFE program and applications instruction play a major role in the digital media experience of his students. Mr. Pettinari recently composed and formulated the Standards, Objectives, and Targets for the 7th and 8th Grade Digital Media and Leadership programs at Taylor Middle School (TMS).
He sees the future expansion of technology in the classroom as the foundation of all curricula in education. To this end he advocates for the continuous monitoring, upgrade, and expenditures in both instructional curricular technologies and infrastructure.
Mr. Pettinari’s hobbies include playing guitar composing poetry, writing comedy for the screen and stage, and making homemade chocolate candies.