St. Petersburg, Florida
"A life filled with opportunities and encouragement finds more and more opportunities and encouragement, and success becomes inevitable."
— Andy Andrews, author of "The Noticer"
C. David Schneider leads a talented group of students at the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT), a magnet school at Lakewood High School in St Petersburg, Florida. CATCOM students produce live daily broadcasts, video features, and more from a multicamera television studio and adjacent control room with graphics and editing suites. The school consistently ranks among the top STEM schools in the nation.
Schneider graduated with a BA in communications from Spring Arbor University, worked in corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company, owned his own video production company, and managed radio and television stations in the United States and Puerto Rico. After producing award-winning documentaries in Central Africa and Central America, Schneider earned his MBA and took his 12 years of professional communication experience to the classroom.
Schneider provides ongoing professional development in podcasting, Web 2.0, Adobe® Premiere® Pro, After Effects, and Acrobat®. He conducts conference sessions for FETC, Student Television Network, and Florida Scholastic Press Association. He also assists in organizing and administering summer teaching and learning institutes statewide. As a Florida Master Digital Educator, he works for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. The Florida Digital Educator program supports the integration of technology across the K–12 curriculum through collaborative experiences with new technologies and digital tools. Recently, Schneider was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate to serve as a commissioner on Florida's Education Practices Commission.