My name is David Qualls, a.k.a Mr. Q. I am the teacher of Stagecraft Technology. A bit about myself. I am married (20 years) and have two kids. My wife is a graphic artist and works in Stockton with social media and marketing. She enjoys the outdoors, photography, and reading. My son is a freshman at Cal Berkeley and is pursuing a career in Physics. He shares my love for music and theater and spends his free time singing, playing the guitar, and acting. My daughter is an 8th grader in Stockton Unified and plans to be a writer. She wants to attend Chavez next year to get involved with visual arts and the yearbook. My own hobbies include listening, playing and recording music, all aspects of theater, and traveling with my family.
A bit about my experience. Although this is my first year at Chavez, I have been teaching for a total of 16 years. I have taught everything from English to History, to Music and Theater. I am excited to build a Stagecraft program here at Chavez and to tie it into our Career Technology Education (CTE) pathway. As a lifetime supporter of the Arts and an artist myself, I am passionate about being part of the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) student learning community.
Your child is acquiring knowledge and skills for a future in the 21st century and I have a clear understanding of what will prepare them. That is why my class consists mostly of project based and small group learning scenarios. They will be graded heavily on class participation and a 21st Century Skills classroom model, which requires that they practice with the 4 C’s, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. No matter what they decide to do in the future, these skills will be necessary and valuable to them.
Added to the 3 R’s (Relationship, Rigor and Relevance) from the mission statement, I like to add a 4th; Reflection. As Thomas Paine famously said, “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” I hope to see all of our students grow brave.