David Theiss, Technology / Small Group Teacher

David Theiss, one of Summit Academy’s newest teachers, is in the midst of his first year teaching at our school. David currently teaches Technology and Small Group classes.

David started his teaching career in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC at an expeditionary boarding school that served a student population similar to Summit’s. David says finding a job in this type of school was a “happy accident”. While there, he quickly discovered a passion for teaching in small, independent schools, and he was determined to continue his teaching career at a similar school when he moved to Louisville.

This passion and devotion brought David to Summit. He loves having the opportunity to build a rapport with his students due to Summit’s small class sizes. David also notes that Summit’s unique setting allows him to slow down as an educator and focus on the whole student. He says his favorite moments are “helping a student bounce back, and spending that extra time processing their emotions and how they handled a situation.”

David is looking forward to a return to normalcy post-COVID. He hopes to create a new club that will expose students to rock climbing and bouldering. David believes that rock climbing is well suited to Summit because it focuses on the whole student. He notes, “climbing encourages students to be stewards of our public lands, challenging themselves both mentally and physically while relying on the group as a whole for successes.”

David and his newlywed wife Aly recently moved to Louisville. In his free time, David enjoys climbing, creating art, reading, skating, cooking, meditating, being in the woods and watching the NBA.

"Teaching in small classrooms with students who really thrive on the sort of attention we can offer is unlike any other teaching scenario. I love it."

David Theiss

You now have a chance to take home the 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection during Summit Academy’s SUPER BOURBON RAFFLE! This highly respected and highly desired collection features five limited edition releases bottled from rare stocks at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort.

Winner gets to choose either the 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection OR $10,000*

*In the event that the winner chooses the cash option and fewer than 200 raffle tickets were sold, the winner will receive 50% of raffle ticket revenue.

Raffle tickets are $100 each (no purchase limits), with only 500 tickets available. Tickets sales run December 7, 2020 – February 5, 2021, with the winner randomly selected at noon on February 5, 2021. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. All proceeds benefit Summit Academy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (EIN 61-1214457). Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming Exemption Number EXE0000629. To purchase tickets, click here.

DECEMBER 7, 2020 – FEBRUARY 5, 2021

bluegrass, bourbon, & bbq


We’re excited to share that Summit’s annual Bluegrass, Bourbon & BBQ event is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021! Keep an eye on your inbox and your mailbox for more information in the coming weeks.

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