Dr. Dave Khaliqi, Ph.D. Director, Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Dave Khaliqi came to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from Academy School District 20, where he taught secondary science for eight years at the Classical Academy. Dave had the pleasure of being THE science department for several years at the then small charter school. In this position, Dave designed the entire science curriculum from seventh grade to twelfth grade, using inquiry science teaching methods, Socratic questioning, and other classical education strategies.
Before the Classical Academy, Dave lived and taught in South America, western rural Colorado, and Fort Collins, racking up twelve years in secondary science education, during which he also earned his MA in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His primary passion in education is teaching students how to explore the natural world through scientific questioning, then to have fun answering those questions. From designing and building working hovercrafts to spending extended field trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, the point of Dave's teaching is to give students the opportunity to ask and answer the critical questions in science through inquiry and experimentation. Using these methods, Dave was awarded the Classical Academy Teacher of the Year in 2001, the Colorado Charter School Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005, and a Rivers First Distinguished Environmental Educator award in 2006.