David Duez
DFTBA "Don't Forget To Be Awesome!"

About Mr. Duez:
The exceptions!
Mr. Duez grew up in Harrison City, PA and attended Penn-Trafford High School. Home of the mighty Warriors! There he played football, baseball and ran track. Mr. Duez was a decent student, but with the assistance of his counselor decided to enroll in Honors US History and Honors English his junior year. There was no such thing as Advanced Placement in those days and there were very few honors classes of any kind at the school. Although challenged in a truly deep way, he was able to succeed and gain the confidence needed to know that he could make it in college. In May 1988 Mr. Duez graduated from high school and moved on to Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.

In 1992 Mr. Duez graduated with a secondary education, political science and history major. While at Juniata, he was a two year starter at outside linebacker on the JC football squad and earned three varsity letters. In baseball Mr. Duez lettered four times and was on two conference championship teams. He also worked at the college radio station doing a nightly sports report and announced college basketball games for the school radio station.

His wife Norma also teaches at AHS - AP and Level Economics to seniors. They met while in college and came to Houston in 1994 beginning their teaching careers in Galena Park ISD.

The very beautiful Atascocita High.
Mr. Duez began his career in education as a sixth grade World Cultures teacher and coach of football, basketball and track at North Shore Middle School. In 1997 he accepted a position as the Instructional Technology Specialist for the district.

He left education in 1999 and began working at American General and then moved on to Dynegy and later, Lyondell working in the Information Technology field. In 2004, he decided to come back home to teaching and accepted a World History position with Humble High School.

Wonder Twin powers, activate!
In 2006, Mr. Duez was honored as the first ever Teacher of the Year at Atascocita High School. It was quite an amazing year opening a new school and working with a great faculty and staff. The school is a special place to work.
Every day is an adventure and I hope this website can help students and their parents have a link into the classroom from home. Communication is a big key to motivating students and reminding them of the path needed for success.
Mr. and Mrs. Duez live in nearby Kingwood and have a wonderful son named Aidan.
Our incredible son Aidan!
Mr. Duez was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in January of 2011. It is a disease he shares with his sister and aunt. One person every hour is diagnosed with MS, but it is a very rare disease of the brain and central nervous system. Although MS has been a challenge, it has taught him to appreciate life in many ways. For more on how AHS supported Mr. Duez through this diagnosis, check out this link.

As Mr. Duez always says, "DFTBA: Don't Forget To Be Awesome!" Some days he feels a great deal less than awesome, but he has to remember to reach deep down inside and bring out his very best.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
About MS From the Mayo Clinic Website

Some of Mr. Duez's hobbies and activities include:
Reading and spending time with his son.
Big fan of his beloved Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Penguins, & Penn State Nittany Lion Football.

Mr. Duez's Favorites:

What's Currently on Mr. Duez's DVR?
Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, Inside the NFL, 60 Minutes, Dexter, Crossing Lines, The Following, Ray Donovan, Hannibal, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

What is Mr. Duez Currently Reading?
The Hemlock Cup by Hughes, 
To End All Wars by Hochschilds, 
50 Greatest Myths of Popular Psychology, by Lilienfeld

Favorite Books - Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last Lecture, The passage, The Hunger Games Series, Night, Helmet for My Pillow, The Things They Carried, With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, A Song of Fire and Ice - Series, Big Russ and Me - Fathers and Sons: Lessons of Life, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Series, The Passage Series by Cronin.

Music - Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, The Head and the Heart, The Civil Wars, The Black Keys, Manchester Orchestra, Muse, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Cake, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Jack Johnson, Modest Mouse, R.E.M. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush, Soundgarden, Nivrana, Switchfoot, Tenacious D, The Doors, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Robert Cray Band, The White Stripes, Jack White, Tori Amos, U2, Van Halen, Weezer, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC

Movies - Star Wars Series, Rocky Series, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Heaven Can Wait, It's a Wonderful Life, Hoosiers, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings Series, The Matrix, Enemy at the Gates, Napoleon Dynamite, All the Right Moves, Inception, Raiders of the Lost Ark Series, Memento, Saving Private Ryan, The Pianist, Back to the Future, The Ring, Raging Bull, Braveheart, Blade Runner, Jaws, Hotel Rwanda, The King's Speech, The Sixth Sense, Into the Wild, Million Dollar Baby, V for Vendetta, Good Will Hunting, The Bourne Series, Gandhi, Harry Potter Series, A Beautiful Mind, Airplane!, Apocalypse Now, Apollo 13, Born on the Fourth of July, Forest Gump, Bull Durham, The Natural, Die Hard, Do the Right Thing, E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Fargo, Groundhog Day, Jerry Maguire, Malcolm X, The Hunt for Red October, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Slapshot, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Poltergeist, Pulp Fiction, Rain Man, Saturday Night Fever, Schindler's List, The Last Samurai, The Silence of the Lambs, This is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, The Wizard of Oz

Documentaries - When We Were Kings, The Fog of War, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Woodstock, Hoop Dreams, Triumph of the Will, Night and Fog, Inside Job, An Inconvenient Truth, Super Size Me, Bowling for Columbine, Any Bud Greenspan Olympics Documentary, Baseball A Film by Ken Burns, Pumping Iron, The Violent World of Sam Huff, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, The World at War, Empires: Napoleon, Might Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks, The Civil War by Ken Burns, Alastair Cooke's America, Cosmos: A Personal Journal by Carl Sagan

Made for TV Movies or Series - Band of Brothers, The Pacific, HBO's Rome