David McDonald

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MR. MCDONALD

Mr. McDonald

A native of Dallas, Texas, David McDonald graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning & Development with a concentration in Youth & Social Services and a Bachelor of Arts in African & African Diaspora Studies with minor in Public Relations. David also received a Masters of Education in Teaching & Learning with a specialization in Gifted and Talented Instruction from Southern Methodist University. David is now serving as a 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Desoto West Middle School and is a member of the 2016 Teach For America Corps in Dallas Ft. Worth. 

While attending college, David became involved working on policy issues affecting African American students on campus, and eventually decided to pursue a career in higher education to close the opportunity gap for students of color. McDonald has been recognized for his efforts to improve the quality of K-12 schooling and the access to higher education. After the University of Texas received national attention for the Fisher v. Texas case on affirmative action, Bill Powers, University of Texas President, instituted a Minority Recruitment Initiative to increase the enrollment numbers for underrepresented groups. David was appointed as the Student Director of this initiative to serve directly under Senior Associate Vice President Leonard Moore.

In November 2014, David was inducted into the Friar Society, The University of Texas at Austin’s oldest honor society. At the 38th Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in 2015, David was named Most Outstanding Big XII Senior of the Year and received the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. The honor was given to coincide with the announcement of his organization receiving two monetary awards at the conference. Later that year, he was further honored with the Office of the Dean of Students “Dean’s Dozen Award”, the universities most prestigious leadership award. In 2017, David was recognized at the Teacher of the Year at the Dr. Billy Earl Dade Middle School.