David Pinder is the Instructional Superintendent for Cluster IX. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland. He taught for four years at Chesapeake High School, and then served as social studies department chair at New Town High School in Baltimore. Mr. Pinder came to DCPS in 2006, when he served as assistant principal of McKinley Technology High School. He spent the next six years as McKinley’s principal, leading the school to over 90 percent proficiency in reading and math. In 2012, under Mr. Pinder’s leadership, McKinley Tech was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school. For the past year, he has served as the Executive Director of New Leaders for New Schools. Mr. Pinder received his bachelor’s in secondary education from Towson University, and his master’s in educational administration and leadership from Trinity University. He holds a doctorate of entrepreneurial leadership in education from Johns Hopkins University.