• Welcome to Mr. Arena's 8th Grade US History

    Dave Santa Fe  
    My Current Position

    History Teacher, Cross Timbers Middle School


    • Bachelor of Arts, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
    • Major in Bible, Minor in Christian Education



    English, Language Arts, Reading and Social Studies (Grades 4-8)

    Awards and Recognition

    • Central Middle School Teacher of the Year
    • Nederland ISD District Secondary Teacher of the Year
    • Wayne A. Reaud Award for Excellence in Teaching 


    Background and Personal Information

    I grew up as a military dependent and had the privilege of living all over the world.  Later, I joined the Air Force and continued that traveling tradition.  I ended up in Southeast Texas where I was forced to flee three hurricanes (Katrina, Ike and Rita).  During the evacuations, I fell in love with North Texas and finally decided to relocate here permanently.  I left my home in Southeast Texas where I had lived for the past 20 years and relocated to Dallas and finally to Southlake. Both my children are grown adults and still live in Southeast Texas.   I taught for nine years in the Nederland ISD (Reading and History for grades 6-8).  Since my move I have enjoyed teaching here at Cross Timbers Middle School.  This will be my fourth year at Cross Timbers.


    Cayman Islands  
    Dave and Bruce and Mayans  

    Previous Careers and Experience

    • US History Teacher and Department Leader at Central Middle School
    • Library Computer Systems Manager at Lamar State College-Orange
    • Director of Education and Training for the Electronic Commerce Resource Center at Lamar State College-Orange
    • Lead Switching Systems Instructor-GTE/ESS Federal
    • Maintenance Chief and Computer and Switching Systems Technician-US Air Force
    • Pastor-Florida and Alabama
    • Worship Leader- Florida, Texas Philippines, Oklahoma, Germany, and Alabama


    Hobbies and Interests

    • Traveling
    • Music
    • Tennis
    • Raquetball
    • Reading
    • Weightlifting
    • Cooking (and eating...never trust a skinny cook),
    • Writing Music
    • Writing Poetry
    • Writing Books
    • Animals
    • KIDS! 


    My Dream
    Successfully publish a novel, a kid's book, an anthology of poems, a Christmas musical and to hear my music performed publicly by people I have never met. 

    Contact Information

    Email: david.arena@gcisd.net

    Phone: 817-251-5320 extension 3248

    Conference: 7rd period (2:38-3:25)

    Website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org//Domain/3501