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Mr. David Hilgendorf, HilgendorfD@district279.org


Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, majoring in International Relations, and minoring in Spanish. I received my teaching credential in secondary social studies through San Francisco State University, and completed my Masters of Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University, in St. Paul. My previous recent work was at Friends School of Minnesota, where I wore many hats over the 13 years of my employment there, including Library Media Specialist, Technology Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator, and Volunteer Manager. I’ve also taught English in Korea, Spanish in California, and currently also teach Egyptian and West African hand drumming.

When did you begin working at Park Center?

The day after election day, 2010: November 3.

What is your teaching philosophy?

The concise version: my job as a media specialist is to help students and teachers pursue their passions, interests, and educational goals by providing them with supportive resources.

Why did you choose your profession?

It fits me. I read the book, “Do What You Are” and my personality inventory matched the work of a Library Media Specialist/Teacher.

What is your favorite quote?

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds…” –Bob Marley, from “Redemption Song”

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

The Media Center.

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I love to mountain bike, swim, play guitar and sing, play drums – especially polyrhythms and odd-meters, dance improvisationally, camp, canoe, backpack, travel, enjoy nature. I spent a year traveling in SE Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Advice for students going to college?

Look within to discover the unique gifts you have to offer the world, then base your studies on the passions you have that correspond with your gifts.

Biggest pet peeve?

Machines that don’t work the way they are supposed to.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

Professional musician.