David Ruenzel was an education journalist and teacher who spurred both national debate and reform and who challenged convention. He began his career as an English teacher at Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis and as an advertising copywriter in Milwaukee. After serving as the English Department chair at the University Lake School, he spent 10 years as features writer for Teacher Magazine, where he was a National Magazine Awards finalist for excellence in public affairs reporting. He taught journalism, literature and writing at The Athenian School in Danville, and most recently was a member of "The Cadre of Writers" team at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A published author and poet, Ruenzel also led the adult education program at his church.