David Kongstvedt '06

Gentle Giant, Movie Appreciator, Salmon Aficionado.

Many of you know history teacher David Kongstvedt ‘06 but what you might not know is that he is a proud Field School alum! He has been working at Field since 2016. 

Where did you grow up?
Washington, D.C.

What is your alma mater?
The Field School and Wesleyan University in Connecticut

What is your favorite book or podcast?
The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow

What is something that people at The Field School might not know about you?
I wrote the script for the abandoned 2013 MacGyver movie that never got made. I got paid six thousand dollars for a year's worth of work.

What hobbies do you have outside of The Field School?
Photography and abstract photo editing, creative writing, soup experimentation, dragging my wife to obscure museums (see photo).

What was the first concert you ever attended?
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 1999

Who inspires you and why?
The Field students. I'm not kidding. Every day a Field kid says or does something that is so monumentally strange, inspiring, and uplifting that it drives me to always want to be a better teacher and help nurture these weirdos on their journey into unimaginable, amazing futures.

If you could share one piece of advice with your younger self, what would it be?
You have to learn to forgive yourself for messing stuff up, man.

What do you love most about working at The Field School?
The kids, the curricular freedom, and the strong sense of community.