An Introduction from your new Student Experience Officer
I’d like to take a few moments to introduce myself, as I will be the new Student Experience and Advisory Officer at Curtin College. My name is David Missal, and I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. I studied English, Education, and Music as an undergraduate, and completed my Master’s in Creative Writing. During the last ten years, I’ve lived and travelled all over the world, with major stops in South Korea and Australia.
Now that I’m settled permanently in Australia I plan on bringing my passion, knowledge, and life-experience to my new position at Curtin College.
With more than a decade in education, there is nothing on this earth I’d rather do. I’ve tried heaps of other jobs, but I always come back to education. I suppose you could say I was born into it. My mother teaches grade six and my father is a professor.
I’ve taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea. I ran a music program for a high school, teaching Choir, Guitar, Piano, and Marching Band. When I lived in San Francisco, I worked in the homeless shelters teaching students both academic and life skills. And that’s just the tip of the educational iceberg.
As far as what I do when I’m not working, I love to be outside. Camping and trekking are some of my favourite activities, though I once nearly fell off the side of an active volcano! I’m an avid sport fan, and will watch and play just about anything. Music has always been an enormous part of my life. I’ve been a composer and a performer for the last twenty years, in concert ensembles and rock bands around the world. I’m also into art, gaming, reading, writing, cycling, and many other things.
I am so excited to get started here at Curtin College (this really is a dream come true for me), and to meet all of you as we work toward accomplishing your academic and personal goals. I hope to continue with the great work that Ella achieved while she was here. There’s so much more to me than I can fit in this bio, so please, don’t be afraid to come by if you need anything, or if you just want to say hello!