Biography: David McBride

David McBride is a native to Arlington who has worked for over 20 years in the Arlington Public Schools.  Mr. McBride currently serves as Kenmore’s assistant administrator and when assigned to the 6ht grade is teaches a Character Education course as part of Grade 6 Exploration.  He has additional supervision responsibilities for the English Language Arts Department and the In-School Alternative Program.  Mr. McBride also helps co-chair the APS United Way Campaign and is working with school and PNC Bank staff to support the Kenmore Student Bank.  He joined the Kenmore administrative team in the spring of 2007 as an assistant principal while finishing his administrative endorsement through The University of Virginia.  This summer he earned an Ed.S. from The University of Virginia in Administration and Supervision. Part of the degree completion included an independent study requirement. Mr. McBride examined recent research on the impact of educational reform policies from both national and international perspectives.  Pasi Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons was an influential text regarding international educational reform and is recommended for anyone interested in comparative practices for improving schools.  Before coming to Kenmore, Mr. McBride worked in the Department of Instruction as a teacher specialist.  Prior to that, Mr. McBride taught 7th grade English at Swanson Middle School for twelve years where he earned National Board Certification as well as a master’s degree from George Mason University.  Mr. McBride comes from a family of teachers.  His great grandmother taught in the Shreve School in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is the father of three and his wife is a special education teacher.  He loves playing guitar, reading, and following local high school football and basketball teams.