I’m Dave Mugg, and I have a passion for unleashing the motivated.
I want to make the high school courses that students take matter to their adult lives, and I love to help people learn! I am the CEO and Founder of Frontier Christian Academy, where we are seeking to make high school relevant through adult accomplishments.
I have spent a sizeable portion of my adult life learning various things: from bagpipes to bluegrass to bull riding. I retired from 21 years as an Army officer (Infantry and Special Operations) in 2015. After graduating West Point in 1994 with a double major in German and Arabic (and a Mechanical Engineering Track), I served for 8 years in the Infantry before transitioning to Psychological Operations (PSYOP).
During my time in PSYOP, I got a Masters in Defense Analysis (think “applied international relations”!) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Following that, I ran the Army Special Operations Language School at Fort Bragg, NC from 2007-08 where, by pioneering a relationship with the Performance Enhancement Center, which had been doing research on learning styles, I raised the graduation rate by 40% in one year in 10 core languages taught to three different branches of the Army.
I have worked in Jordan, El Salvador, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Afghanistan, Lithuania, Kenya, Djibouti, and Mauritania. I was part of the startup team designated to create Special Operations Command: Africa (SOCAFRICA) in 2008, where I served for 3 years. I was the lead planner for U.S. Army Europe in putting paratroopers in Poland and the Baltics in response to recent Russian Aggression (2014).
I later got my Masters of Education in Secondary Education.
While stationed in Germany, I met my German wife, and we have 4 small boys who keep us busy.
I have spent a couple of decades working with youth in various contexts and on different continents, and I am convinced that high schoolers are mentally capable of being “producers of adult value.”
The problem that motivates me to teach the courses that I do is that right now, our best students, in our best schools, on their best days, are merely “consumers of information.” I cannot let that “opportunity cost” slide! I am focused on preparing students to lead the world, no matter what it looks like, when they are 30. I am determined to make high school relevant through adult accomplishment (because, let’s face it, when most of us think about high school, “relevant” is not the word that springs to mind!)