Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 9am
Technology and New Media Department, Chair
Homecoming: A Soldier’s Story of
Loyalty, Courage and Redemption
David Arenstam was born in the foothills of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, grew up by the sea in Plymouth, but spent most of his adult life raising a family along the shores of the Saco river in Maine. Always creative at heart, Arenstam owned and operated a small data processing and software firm for nearly 20 years, but it was only after selling the business that he found his real passion and voice in teaching and writing.
Never one to really sit still, Arenstam has studied mathematics, literature, education, writing, and many forms of technology. Now as a teacher, he often tells his students, “The world just might be the greatest classroom you’ll ever enter—take a minute and look around. You’ll be surprised at what you see and the lessons you’ll learn.”
He is a proud and dedicated faculty member at Thornton Academy, an independent high school in Saco, Maine, and as a freelance writer, he contributes regularly to local newspapers, magazines, and online media companies. As a lifelong student, his drive for education continues, recently receiving a master’s degree in journalism from Harvard University.
Arenstam’s first novel, Homecoming: A Soldier’s Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption, was published in 2016, and he is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.