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David Mills' Bio

David Mills joined the STEM School in the summer of 2018 following the completion of his Master of Arts in Education at Colorado State University.  Since this time he has taught both 6th and 7th grade Social Studies for our students. He currently serves as the logistics leader for the social studies department, and he is most frequently involved in organizing and assisting with various 7th grade activities - such as the annual Roaring ‘20s party or the Holocaust Virtual Museum.


For 21 years prior to joining the staff at the STEM School Dr. Mills worked as a professor of Modern Middle Eastern history at Marshall University in West Virginia.  During his tenure there he was lucky enough to earn various teaching and scholarship awards, to publish numerous articles and a book, and to teach courses ranging from general world history surveys to focused courses on the “Great Game” of India’s northwest frontier or the Arab-Israeli conflict.  However, Dr. Mills has informed us that he believes he’s had a greater impact on students in his less than 20 months teaching at STEM School than the over 20 years of college instruction.


When he’s not busy with STEM School activities, David spends his time with his wife, 6th grade son, and two retrievers.  Travel, reading, movies, and outdoor activities along the Front Range keep the Mills family busy much of the summer and holidays.  Finally, having grown up in Topeka, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas for his B.A. (M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah), David is a “huge” Jayhawk fan - depressed a little every year when the final basketball game is played (and he normally doesn’t acknowledge the existence of a Jayhawk “football” team)