David J. Lavallee
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Born and raised in Windham County, Connecticut, David J. Lavallee spent his childhood playing outdoors and coming home only when the streetlight came on.  When he was ten years old, David J. moved with his family to a place in town where he had access to hundreds of acres of fields and forest.  His father gave him a $50 start up fund to start a garden in the lower field and David J. immersed himself in growing fruits and vegetables for his family.  David J. attended Plainfield High School in Central Village, Connecticut where he was active in student government, basketball, and track and field.  

David J. received a scholarship to study forestry at The University of Maine, but opted to go to Marist College to study education.  There he majored in psychology, special education, and elementary education.  While in college, David J. started to develop a stronger interest in writing; he wrote poetry and editorials about environmental issues, education, and social justice.   

Upon graduation, David J. taught fifth grade in Voluntown, Connecticut with an amazing senior teacher as his partner.  He worked there for three years, coaching the basketball and track teams, and enjoyed reviving the drama program with a production of Into the Woods.  

After three years teaching fifth grade, David J. left Voluntown to pursue his graduate degree in environmental education through the Audubon Expedition Institute program at Lesley University.  For his studies, he spent a year and a half traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  This was an experience that forever changed David's perspective.  

For the last several years, David J. has continued to work within education. He ran the science program at a private middle school in Norwalk, Connecticut and is now the head of the 5th-12th grade science program at a charter school in New York City.  

Hiking the AT from Massachusetts into Connecticut, Fall 2014
A Balanced Life

In 2011, David J. and Michael bought a house along the Delaware River in upstate New York.  They currently split their time between New York City and their upstate "treehouse".  


David J. and Michael celebrated their union with family and friends on November 3, 2012 in Rock Hill, New York at The Sullivan.  

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