David Ostheimer

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Dave Ostheimer is a first-grade teacher at Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, Delaware. His greatest accomplishment is when his students discover the joy of reading. He also enjoys nurturing a sense of wonder and curiosity in his students. Dave has a passion for traveling, having journeyed to, among other places, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam as well as many countries in Europe and almost all 50 states. He enjoys bringing his experiences into the classroom, showing his students that our planet is full of amazing people and places. He feels that our world is always shrinking as our connections are growing and that our students must be global citizens to realize their fullest potential. Dave was a 2016 Yale National Initiative Fellow and a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. He is a founding and current member of the Delaware Teachers Institute, for which he has written and published eight curricular units on various subjects including Islam, the history of storytelling, the scientific method, and Anansi through the arts. Dave has a bachelor’s in history from the University of Delaware and a master’s in elementary education from Wilmington University in Delaware.

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