David Kleinman - Faculty Mentor | Thomas Nelson Community College

David Kleinman - Faculty Mentor

What is your teaching discipline?


What brought you to the area?

My parents moved here in 2003, and I fell in love with the weather and the natural beauty after visiting. It reminded me of my childhood in Florida. That and I wanted to be near the Mothership, aka the Hampton Coliseum. 

What is your teaching philosophy?

If I had to sum it up in one word: disruption. I want to disrupt the way students see the world. The goal is not to change their views, but to get them to examine their opinions critically--whatever they are. 

What do you hope your students take away from your courses?

That education is the work of a lifetime.

What do you like to do on the weekends?

That has changed over the years. I have a small child now, and she prevents me from getting into too much trouble. An ideal Saturday would involve reading, then some kind of activity in nature, perhaps a nap then a barbecue and a craft beer.

What is the most memorable place you have traveled to?

Without a doubt Prague. I was there for six weeks, but to be honest I never went to a museum. I've been to more museums in Cleveland than Prague. The city itself is one large museum.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Leftover pasta, leftover cauliflower korma, cold-brewed coffee, fancy cheese, kale, poblano peppers, 18 different kinds of hot sauce, and four different kinds of beer.

What makes you laugh out loud?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Persistently practicing and improving my guitar playing for the last 20 years.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Following Phish around the country.

Who is your hero?

Michael Jordan