David Keener '13
Published January, 2013
Hello! My name is David Keener and this is my eighth year at Woodlawn. I've stayed at Woodlawn all these years because it offers opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere.
One of the greatest things about Woodlawn is the focus on both national and international travel; there are international trips every year and week long class trips for every grade to places like Washington DC, Atlanta GA, and Saint Augustine FL. My favorite trip was a spring break school trip to Greece a couple years ago; I ate the best food of my life and had an amazing time learning about ancient Greek architecture.
Woodlawn allows students, especially juniors and seniors, to enjoy some unusual freedoms. For example, I really enjoy teaching middle school electives because I can focus on my interests in the classes I teach and expose middle schools students to different ideas. I co-taught a Sports 101 elective last year that focused on more obscure sports like Futsol and Parkour. This year I am co-teaching Intro to Prototyping, which involves designing and building a radio-controlled vehicle. Teaching Intro to Prototyping also lets me apply concepts that I have learned through my self-study, Intro to Engineering.
I also like that many classes at Woodlawn are fairly low-key about test taking and instead emphasize the learning process. It is really evident in my senior class: I am a National Merit Commended Scholar and every student in the Class of 2013 has received the designation of AP Scholar.
David is currently a senior at Appalachian State University.