David Kerr was raised in Washington, splitting his youth between Oak Harbor and Yakima where he graduated from Eisenhower High school with two years of industrial arts firmly under his belt. He spent 23 years in the Army as a machinist, welder, and mechanic, finally retiring as the first Master Army Instructor. He has more than 8 years of instruction in adult education teaching machining, welding and wheeled vehicle repair. He graduated from Barton County CC for his associate, Grantham University for his bachelor’s, and Liberty for his Master’s in education and his Education Specialist Degree focusing on exceptional students. He is currently on hiatus from his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Liberty University.
His military career has brought him to Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Poland and more and he has stepped foot in 45 of the 50 states. His experiences in the military include construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, Heavy Equipment operation and Material Handling Equipment up to 10k forklift.
As an instructor and Chief Instructor, he managed and edited more than 19 weeks of direct courseware, tracking 500 students annually, and managed the professional development of more than 30 military, DOD civilian, and contracted instructors and managed the Army’s certification program for machining with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
He comes to Constructing Hope eager to use everything he has learned and to continue learning. His ideology is simple, when he stops learning will be when he stops breathing. He believes with programs like Constructing Hope and the will to learn, one cannot be marginalized or held back. He is proud to be with a program that adds such promise to our society and provides outstanding career opportunities to those who are willing to take the time to learn.
He lives with his wonderful wife and two sons in Vancouver. He enjoys camping, fishing, golfing, kayaking, hiking and learning.