Our Team

Neal David

Neal David

Founder, CEO, Latin Teacher, SAT Verbal Specialist, Life Coach

Neal David is the founder and CEO of The David Academy. He retired from 17 years of teaching Latin, the last 15 of which were at Northview High School in Johns Creek, GA, in January, 2017. Neal received a B.A. in Latin from the University of Georgia in 1997; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee in 2000. He has taught classes ranging from all levels of Latin, Roman and Greek Mythology, Roman History, to SAT preparation, English Literature and Biblical studies.

His passion involves not only the subject matter but also inspiring kids to find interests and achieve at their personal highest level. He has taken thousands of students over the past 17 years to state and national competitions, where they have won myriads of awards. Neal has traveled extensively throughout both the United States and Europe, leading students on tours and to competitions. He received the distinction of being named the Georgia Classical Association Latin Teacher of the Year in 2007.

His students have been selected, in large numbers, to attend the Governor’s Honor Program in the field of Latin. Northview High School’s Latin program was recognized for its achievements by The Harvard University Classical Club and has been invited to their prestigious Latin tournament the past several years, even winning the tournament at every level in 2011. On both the National Latin Exam and the Medusa National Mythology Exam, Northview students have attained scores far above national averages. At the 2014 National Latin Convention, the team Neal coached won FIRST PLACE IN THE NATION for Certamen (Latin Quiz Bowl) as well!

His areas of concentration for The David Academy are Latin, Verbal SAT Prep, General Academic Advising/Life Coaching.

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Diane Watts

Diane Watts

AP Language/Essay-Writing Specialist

Diane Watts is no stranger to the education community. A veteran AP English Language teacher, her curriculum design and practices serve as the foundation for this course at several top achieving high schools in Georgia. As lead instructor of AP English Language at both Northview and Johns Creek high schools, she has produced exemplary score results, year after year, on the national AP Language exam.

Watts’ experience is not limited to AP Language – a college-level course targeting argument and analytic skills; it is broad based. Over the course of 15 years, she has honed her skills as an educator, tutor, and mentor to students ranging in ability and skill level across the secondary school spectrum. As Language Arts Department Chair, Watts had the opportunity to fully understand and influence the holistic study of English from freshman year to graduation. She is credited with designing and implementing Writer’s Workshop, an academic elective, as well as championing a school-wide writing center – open to all disciplines. Her awards include: Northview High School STAR Teacher, Johns Creek High School Teacher of the Year finalist, and 11 Alive Class Act Award, but Watts counts as true accolades those coming from former students who realize the full value and power that come from knowing how to communicate well.

In 2016, Watts started her own company, Watts Professional Development, where she serves as Speaker and Strategic Communications Specialist for corporate clients.

Regarding her association with The David Academy:

“I love my career, my subject, and especially my students. Even though I have stepped away from the traditional classroom, I am more motivated and confident than ever that what I have to offer is truly valuable, even life-changing, for students. The ability to communicate well provides freedom of expression and opens doors that otherwise would be closed; nobody can put a price tag on that.”

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Barbara Porter

Barbara Porter

College Coaching Specialist

Barbara Porter is a graduate of both Yale College, summa cum laude, and Harvard Law School.

Ms. Porter resides in Clemson, SC and has worked for the last 12 years, along with the Guidance Department of American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, preparing seniors to be admitted to top schools. American Heritage is a college preparatory school recently named among the top 5 private schools in Florida. In 2014, American Heritage was ranked 7th in the nation for the number of National Merit Semifinalists among its senior class. Barbara has helped hundreds of students with their resumés and interviews and has seen a great number of them admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia, University of Chicago, Duke, and many other highly selective schools.

Ms. Porter previously worked with the Association of Yale Alumni interviewing Yale applicants, and thus offers our clients insight and helpful advice. As a graduate of both Yale and Harvard, and as a mother to a Harvard PhD candidate, she gives a unique perspective helpful to all of our clients who wish to attend the most select colleges.

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Nicholas Hobbs

Nicholas Hobbs

SAT/ACT Math Specialist

Nicholas Hobbs is a 2014 graduate of the Georgia institute of Technology with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. His passion for building quality relationships in all areas of life coupled with a love of math and science, with a particular interest in geometry, physics, and calculus, make him a great asset to our team. His tutoring career began in 2011, and he boasts a wide range of experiences and successes with all age groups and learning styles.

“My friends and family are a big part of my life, therefore I truly enjoy helping students and their families achieve their academic goals. I am proud to be a part of the David Academy and look forward to pushing its students to excellence! My favorite quote is from John F. Kennedy and perfectly sums up my feelings of the importance of what The David Academy does, ‘The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.'”

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Sally David

Sally David

VP Sales & Marketing

Sally has been with The David Academy since it’s inception, working on the client development and administrative side of the business. In addition to scheduling, promoting, and working with individual families to help them map out the plan for their children’s success, she works closely with area schools and businesses, as well as maintaining the social media platforms to increase awareness of and strengthen community ties with The David Academy.
She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Political Science and has worked professionally in sales and marketing for 18 years in industries as diverse as property management, small business services, medical office consulting, the hospitality fitness industry, and music education.

“The biggest thrill for me in working with The David Academy is the feedback we get from the parents and students who have utilized our services to great success. Getting that increased score on the SAT, that college acceptance to their dream school, that “A” in a difficult class, that encouragement and direction that is sorely needed…all these outcomes make what we do a joy. As a salesperson, knowing that the services we sell actually deliver the results and exceed our clients’ expectations is so gratifying. We get to build relationships with these families over time and see them go on to even greater success.”

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