Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and College Counseling
“I inspire greatness by working with our students to develop relationships based on dignity, learning about the things they want to do, finding ways to say yes, and helping them navigate the path they choose to follow.”
Dave Jenkins arrived at La Jolla Country Day School following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, he attended flight school and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot. While on sea duty, he made multiple six-month deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. His shore-duty assignments included a couple of years at the Pentagon, graduate school, and at Naval Air Station, North Island, here in San Diego. During his time in the Navy, he had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership positions.
LJCDS was a perfect landing place for Mr. Jenkins. He spent his first 12 years in the Upper School teaching in the math department. During this time, he also coached the girls varsity soccer team and the girls varsity lacrosse team, and served as the sophomore class dean. In 2014, Mr. Jenkins joined the Upper School administrative team as dean of academics and student life for juniors and seniors.
Mr. Jenkins enjoys reading and often has up to five books on his nightstand. He enjoys biographies, but you will also find Nelson DeMille novels and works by David McCullough.
Mr. Jenkins and his wife, Masami, are proud parents of daughter Lorin who is a 2007 alumna of LJCDS. They live in Bonita, and Lorin is a CPA living and working in New York City.