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David Tansey

  • Math Teacher, DCPS McKinley Tech High School (Ward 5) 
  • Math for America, Washington Teacher's Union (WTU)
  • Ward 5 Resident

David Tansey has been a math teacher with DC Public Schools for 8 years. For the first seven years he taught at Dunbar Senior High School. Last year, he joined the McKinley Technology High School team as the LEAP Leader for Math.

David quickly became active in DC's education policy. During his second year at Dunbar, he reached out to and worked the Washington Teachers' Union, his DC Councilmember, and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson to investigate the work of the contractor running Dunbar at the time. This investigation lead to the termination of their contract. Since then, he has regularly offered testimony to the State Board of Education and the DC Council to speak to the experience of students and teachers in high-poverty neighborhood high schools and the effects proficiency-based accountability measures have on concentrating students with the greatest need at matter-of-right neighborhood schools in low-income neighborhoods.

David earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Government and Politics and his Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from American University. He became a math teacher via DC Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program.