Dave Hartman Bio

I have been a member of the CSS faculty since the fall of 2010.  I teach 7th grade ELA and 7th grade Philosophy courses. 
I studied Philosophy and World Literature at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.  After my studies, I knew that I wanted to develop a career in social justice.  I became a community organizer in Cassel, which is a small low-income community on Long Island.  In New Cassel I used my skills as a group facilitator and my knowledge of the Spanish language to encourage and to motivate residents to work for positive change in their community.  Later, as Program Associate for Youth and Community Development at Lawyers Alliance for New York, I collaborated with school leaders and administrators from New York City schools, and with senior staff at city nonprofit organizations.  My work in the not-for-profit sector confirmed that my ideal career would allow me to share my knowledge of a subject that I loved as a way to empower people to improve their own lives.  I realized that the best way for me to use my skills and passions was to become a teacher of English.  I attended Teachers College Columbia University to receive my Masters in the Art of Teaching English, and am happy to call CSS my home.  
My favorite books include The Once and Future King by T.H. White, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.