Best-selling memoir soon to be a Warner Bros. film. The title of his memoir was inspired by one of his favorite classroom lessons. The Priority List originally consisted of 26 words, including: wealth, respect, love, strength, and education, which he asked students to rank in order of personal importance. After his diagnosis, David’s priority list lesson became even more relevant.
When he told his doctors that he was done with treatments, they warned him that, without aggressive measures, he wouldn’t survive. But he was sick of merely surviving. It was time to really live again.
As a teacher, David was exciting, enthusiastic, award-winning, exuberant, caring beyond measure, and wholly invested in his students. From exploring the Caverns in VA, to drinking Absinthe in New York City, to finally getting a look at the Pacific Ocean, The Priority List comes full circle as he and former student’s journey to the past where they can relive his teaching experience, and those moments that shaped their lives. This book truly celebrates the great teachers and lessons that have had an impact on all of our lives.
David is an Ambassador for Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), an organization dedicated to helping find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community, and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted by this devastating disease.
David taught at the renowned Coral Reef Senior High School in Florida for fifteen years, teaching over 3,000 students during his career. In 2012, he was awarded Teacher of the Year by his region. He grew up in Miami, Florida, and majored in journalism at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research.
Most recently, Steve Carell has been attached to star as David in the film version of The Priority List (Warner Bros).