Dave Koncsol, Manager of School Partnerships, Southern California

Born and raised in Southgate, Michigan, a Detroit suburb nicknamed “The Dining Capital of Downriver,” Dave grew up the only child of camping enthusiasts bent on introducing him to the great outdoors. Dave hastens to add, however, that his family had a Winnebago, “so our camping adventures felt a lot less like excursions into the wilderness than like lounging at home, only with a bunch of trees and deer and moose outside our windows.” When he wasn’t observing wildlife from the air-conditioned confines of his parents’ RV, Dave was a busy and popular pupil at Southgate Anderson High School, participating in the film, drama, and guitar-playing clubs, and even booking several singing gigs at local restaurants. (It was around this time that Southgate’s town motto changed from “The Dining Capital of Downriver” to “The No One Under 21 Capital of Downriver.”) Having tasted a morsel of fame in his hometown, Dave decided to study theatre in college, enrolling in Wayne State University for one year before transferring to Oakland University, where he switched to film, thus proving once again that all theatre people really want to do is act in movies. When he’s not counseling families as a Catalyst Program Advisor, Dave enjoys attending concerts, hiking, biking, and rollerblading around sunny Los Angeles, and consuming vast quantities of ranch dressing, which his coworkers swear he eats daily, usually on top of pizza. (In Dave’s defense, how else is he supposed to eat the buffalo wings he puts on top of the pizza?)

Why He Works for Catalyst

Still passionate about theatre and music, Dave loves being part of an organization that views teaching as a performance. Also, Catalyst has provided Dave with no shortage of colleagues eager to discuss his favorite movie, Annie Hall, during lunch.

How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Though he’s by no means the only member of Catalyst to be all thumbs in the kitchen, Dave’s culinary klutziness rivals the most bumbling chefs on our staff. In addition to having botched everything from oatmeal to microwavable tater tots (turns out they really can explode if you nuke ‘em for too long), Dave once managed to ruin a batch of Pillsbury ready-to-bake cookies, which went into the oven as little mounds of sugar and came out as the reason his college dorm had to be evacuated.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off / Rita Levi-Montalcini (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1986)