Head of Arrowsmith
David Wizig oversees the Barbara Arrowsmith Program at Xavier. He is an experienced, award-winning educator with 40 years of teaching experience. He grew up in Texas. Following his graduation from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in English and in Judaic Studies, he got married. He and his wife spent their honeymoon in a Peace Corps program in Israel. Upon their return to the States, David accepted a job teaching Language Arts at Ryan Middle School in Houston’s Third Ward. There, he specialized in utilizing creativity to foster a love of learning in his students. He founded and led reading, newspaper, and yearbook clubs and trained teachers on how to sustain them. He brought the "Reading is Fundamental" program to his school and to the city of Houston as well.
Following his retirement from teaching in the classroom, he agreed to the Texas Education Agency’s request to serve as Director of Reading for the middle school program of North Forest ISD. Following this, he embarked on a new pathway working with students in a revolutionary program which emphasizes the potential of all children to learn because of neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to reorganize itself and allow the student to reach true academic potential. This tremendous program, Arrowsmith, he now leads at Xavier Educational Academy in Houston. While doing all this, David taught both Religious and Hebrew school throughout his teaching career as well. In this position, he has also been a leader in his field.
Mr. Wizig has received awards for his teaching from people as diverse as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Former First Lady Barbara Bush. He has received Teacher of the Year awards in both the United States and Israel. David has been invited to give speeches about his teaching strategies all over the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution. He was chosen as the winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award Judaic Studies in Houston in 2015. He also won the Grinspoon - Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in the United States.
Contact David here.