Meet Dave Armstrong, After School Academies Coordinator
The Christ School is happy to introduce Dave Armstrong, After School Academies Coordinator. In this role, Dave will lead our REACH and Summer in the City programs.
Dave’s background and experience make him a great fit for his new role at TCS. He grew up in Michigan City, IN, in a diverse community that taught him a lot about working with people from a variety of backgrounds. Dave attended a private Christian school, and says, “Attending a private Christian school teaches you a lot about how to make good choices and how to resolve conflict through lessons learned in the Bible. I learned to not just do what is easy, rather, to think, what is the right thing, and how do I do that?”
With a love for sports since childhood, Dave majored in Sports Marketing at Indiana University. After graduation, he moved to Tampa to be an Operations Intern at Houlihan Stadium for the Tampa Sports Authority, where he helped manage Tampa Bay Buccaneer games, USF football games, and Tampa Bay Mutiny soccer games. After completing his internship, he realized what he enjoyed most was sharing his love for sports with students. He was soon hired as the Athletic Director of the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs in Tampa, where he worked for 18 years. “Working with children in sports programs became my passion,” he says. “There is nothing more rewarding to me than seeing the true, sincere appreciation of a child when you have taught them something new.”
Recently, Dave moved to Orlando to be closer to his family, and worked at the YMCA’s after school program before being hired this summer as The Christ School’s After School Academies Coordinator.
“I am excited to begin working with the students at REACH,” he says. I envision REACH to continue to be a place where the students look forward to going. I want it to be a place where our parents know that their children are safe and are in a loving environment that encourages them to be the people God created them to be.”
“In addition to allowing time for homework, I have many activities planned for the students in REACH,” says Dave. “Our activities will be structured and organized, but we still want our kids to be kids. Through these activities, the students will be learning things such as teamwork and making good choices. We will take time to talk about the activities and what we learned from them. They will have a variety of activities to choose from so they are sure to find something they enjoy.”
Dave continues, “I am excited for this opportunity to grow and enhance the REACH and Summer in the City programs. I can’t wait to meet the students here at TCS!”
If any parent is interested in registering their child in REACH. They can contact Mr. Armstrong at 407-849-1665.