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Wayfinder Core Team

Dave Runnion

VP of Sales
Dave Runnion

Dave began his career as a high school teacher in Chicago’s south suburbs where he became passionate about helping students determine their next steps after high school. After several years in the classroom, he realized a large number of his students needed extra literacy support, both in reading and technology.  Over the span of several years, Dave partnered with local educational support agencies to participate in grants that allowed him to both bring technology into the classroom and enhance his ability to teach reading strategies. 

After nearly a decade of teaching, Dave sought to make a larger impact by consulting with schools across multiple states. He moved from his teaching role to working at large curriculum providers such as Curriculum Associates and Edmentum to bring high quality assessment and reading interventions into hundreds of schools and districts across the midwest.

Dave eventually joined the Partner Accounts team at NWEA. During his time at NWEA, Dave led a large sales and account management team that consulted with thousands of school districts across the country. In this work, Dave was connected directly with the highly important effort to assist school leaders as they made strategic decisions that impacted student learning. 

Throughout his career, Dave has been driven by making a difference in the lives of students, whether it be in the classroom or in the leadership of accounts teams. As the VP of Partnerships, he strives to help teachers and students find their next step that makes the world a better place. 

Dave has earned a BA in Speech Communication, a MA in Religion and a MA in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University. In his free time, you’ll find Dave planning home improvement projects, cooking dinner with his wife, or playing with his four children.

“My purpose is to find ways to help those closest to me achieve their goals and be better prepared to impact those close to them.”

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