Overview

David Kallison is a communications associate for Deans for Impact. Prior to joining Deans for Impact, he was a talent development manager at an Austin charter school network. David also worked as a national alumni affairs coordinator and internal communications manager at a national education nonprofit. David received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas-Austin.

I believe being transparent and accountable – in rigorous and responsible ways — is the key to pushing educator preparation to the level of rigor, quality, and prestige of medical, law and business schools.

When/why did you start working in education?

In college at the University of Texas, I studied “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, a frank discussion of racial psychology in social settings, particularly schools, which led to a deep intellectual journey into the intersection of race, class and education.


Why were you excited to join Deans for Impact?

The combination of strength and nimbleness attracted me to Deans for Impact. This is a small organization having an outsize impact on educator preparation. I’m also so excited to work with our diverse group of deans.


Why do Deans for Impact’s guiding principles ring true for you?

I believe being transparent and accountable – in rigorous and responsible ways — is the key to pushing educator preparation to the level of rigor, quality, and prestige of medical, law and business schools. Data is key to understanding the areas in which our educator-preparation programs are strong and where they can improve.


Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Mr. Pass taught calculus at Westlake High School, and he was very good at it. But he also taught us how to juggle, the power of advertising, why old Modest Mouse was better than new Modest Mouse, and way more. There was a sign up that said, “Come for the calculus, stay for the tangents.” I got a 5 on the AP and can juggle seven clubs between two people.


What’s your favorite food truck and why?

Poor Quis Buns at East Side King are the best food truck item in Austin. Legend has it that Davie Crockett himself munched on them as he stood his ground at the Alamo. It is reported his last words were, “Yumalicious!”


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