Meet David Wood. He is a teacher at Centaurus High School and has taught Math and Science since March of 2016. He is also the Coach of the Centaurus High Boys Soccer team.
David is a loving husband to his wife, Ashante, whom he recently married in 2019. He is also someone who loves the outdoors, a cat lover, a self-proclaimed nerd, and most of all – someone who loves teaching.
Thank you David, for having a great passion for education, sports, and your local community of Lafayette. Stay thirsty for adventure David!
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I was a physics major at the University of North Carolina and I chose to be a physics major because of my interest in understanding the world, the universe and how things work, but not with a real career in mind. As I got further into my studies and learned about possible career paths I started to realize that I didn’t really want to end up in the lab doing research. I really loved just talking about physics with people, answering their questions, and explaining things to my friends and family about what I was learning. When I graduated in 2009, the economy was not doing well, and so I kind of felt like a needed to find a job and doing something with physics. So, I decided to apply for teaching positions in different private schools in South Carolina. I got hired by The O’Neal School in Southern Pines, NC. At first, it was just an experiment, like, “I will try this for a year and see how it goes.” I definitely wanted to do another year, and then another, and ended up being there for five years. I realized that I love this and I want a career out of it, but this is not the town where I see myself living the rest of my life. I started to look around the country to see where I could see myself living. I narrowed it down to either Oregon or Colorado and then applied to the University of Oregon and University of Colorado. I took a vacation to explore both states. Long story short, I ended up choosing University of Colorado because I really like that University and Boulder. I got a masters degree in Education, graduated in 2006, and am loving teaching and coaching soccer. I’ve become the nerdy cool teacher who skateboards in to school and wears ties with planets on them.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lafayette or Louisville, and what do you love there?
A: I love Italian food, so it will be Pinocchio’s and I love their chicken parmesan. My wife and I also love Community, it’s a good restaurant and we go there a lot. Although it’s not a restaurant, I like Sweet Cow and I order the cookie monster. It’s one scoop of cookie dough and one scoop of cookies and cream. Another restaurant we love is 95A Bistro and Sushi, they have awesome sushi and isn’t too expensive.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Lafayette?
A: I was living in Terracina (apartments) in Broomfield when I was in grad school and during my first year of teaching. I moved into Lafayette in August, 2017.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Lafayette?
A: I would say one of the most interesting individuals I’ve met is Lee Stanley. He has been coaching at Centaurus for 15 years or so. He hosts 2-4 severely disabled men at his house and basically takes care of them full time 24/7. He is such a great soccer coach and a very cool, great guy.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Top on my list is Hawaii because I like to kite surf and it’s a mecca for it. Also, I’ve never been there.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: My favorite movie is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. And first movie I saw in theater… probably Bambi or the Lion King, I have no idea.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Never be afraid to be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin. And whatever that looks like as long as you like yourself and you pursue the things that you want to do, people are going to be attracted to you. People will appreciate it and recognize when you’re being genuine and true to yourself.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: In my bucket list, which my cousin and I will be doing in a month, is helicopter skiing – out in Silverton.
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I like a lot of different genres. I love 90’s alternative and SiriusXM Lithium is my favorite channel.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lafayette or Louisville?
A: I haven’t been here very long, so it’s hard to say, but I guess a few places that kind of seem like they are rooted in this community is the Huckleberry, people talk about it a lot, and then the Lafayette Florist.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: I think Barack Obama is such a cool person and down to earth kind of guy that you can just have a conversation with. We would go somewhere cool or maybe go mountain bike riding, he seems pretty adventurous to me.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lafayette?
A: I really love the location of Lafayette, that it’s close to, but not inside of Boulder, Denver and all that. We’re kind of in between. To me it has the right size feel of what I grew up with all the kinds of services and businesses that you need, but it’s not in the middle of the city. I can pretty much go anywhere in 5 minutes – grocery store, school, hospital, post office, airport, etc. And it’s beautiful and has open space.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: My wife and I just got married this year (2019) and we will definitely be in the house pretty much doing what we are already doing in the next 5 years or so. We hope to at some point have kids. I can see my self working and retiring here.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m kind of an open book. But, something that only my wife knows, which I only revealed to her over the past year, as a kid I was really into Dragon Ball cartoons, which is a Japanese anime. When I got home from school everyday I had it on the TV and then I forgot about it for years. Now, I think it’s really funny to watch and make my wife watch it. She hates it, but I forced her to watch so many episodes so now she knows all the characters.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Shelter, Love, and Garage.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: I would want a full-time hype man. Someone to just fake laugh at all my bad jokes and blow a DJ Khaled air horn whenever I make a dig at somebody, or just give high fives throughout the day. Definitely the best staffer I could imagine!
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Probably, Keanu Reeves because everything he touches turns to gold. I love the Matrix series and John Wick is awesome.