"Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
— Gabriel García Márquez
David Olinger has been teaching photography, history, and English at O'Dea High School in Seattle since 2002. His English students combine literature and imagery. His history students use digital tools to explore personal choices related to contemporary problems.
Olinger also serves as the service learning coordinator for O'Dea High School. He believes that his students are a great resource for advocating social justice issues, and strives to inspire them to understand the needs of underrepresented and vulnerable groups. He currently teaches an advanced photography course immersing students in service learning experiences while studying documentary skills to help tell the story of their service.
He also teaches college-level courses for high-achieving high school students through Seattle University's Matteo Ricci College. He leads the college's Humanities 180 course "Composition: Language and Thought" and the Social Sciences 120 course "Poverty in America." These courses engage students in critical thinking skills, challenging them to confront their assumptions.
Olinger completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attained his master's degree at Seattle University. He holds a National Board Certification in English and language arts.