About Dave


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I had the good fortune of teaching at James Logan High School for 33 years. Logan is a huge public high school in Union City, a diverse suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a great place to teach social studies because of students and staff.

Logan students come from all over the globe. Some arrived recently, others are longtime Californians. Their varied backgrounds and experiences made for a lively social science classroom. You can hear me talk more about my Logan kids and teaching philosophy in a video interview I gave as the 2015-2016 New Haven Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year.

While at Logan, I benefited from collaborating with a talented group of colleagues. We worked on teams designing curriculum for our courses. I had lots of opportunities for professional growth, whether it was integrating technology into our classrooms or coaching new teachers.

How lucky I was to have met my teaching partner and partner in life at Logan. My Marilyn was Logan’s All Star English teacher, and we taught an integrated English-history core for over 25 years. We retired together in June of 2017. We’ve been happily chasing grandchildren since.

Finally, a special thanks to my dear daughter and educator, Tamiko Forrest, and Tim Wharton, friend and former Logan colleague. Their support and suggestions for A Veteran Teacher’s Lessons have been invaluable.


Dave Forrest - 2018

© Dave Forrest- 2018