Dr. David Quinn holds undergraduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and Educational Specialist and Doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. He joined Ashford University in 2008 to teach education and special education courses. He has served as a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, a special education consultant, a supervisor of special education instructional services, an assistant director of special education and a director of special education. He has also been an adjunct instructor for Drake University and St. Ambrose University. Dr. Quinn believes that the following quote from Dr. Haim Ginott provides guidance for all students who wish to become educators: "I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.