David J. Groth holds a Bachelors of Science in Education- Vocal Music from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Education- Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College. While at Northwest, he was actively involved in every choir offered, singing both baritone and bass voice parts. Although his degree is in vocal music, he also enjoys playing trombone and was involved in every band that Northwest offered. He continues to perform professionally as a trombonist and vocalist. Teaching runs in his family. He has a twin sister that teaches at Lincoln Southwest High School, and his parents are both retired teachers. Groth's hobbies include cars, biking, golf, computers, technology, and cooking. Before coming to Burke, Groth taught one year at Riverside High School in Wathena, KS and three years at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, MO. In his seven years at Burke, Groth has revamped the show choir program, adding a women's show choir, growing the varsity show choir in size and quality, and adding an instrumental combo. The Concert Choir has been asked to perform with the Omaha Symphony three times, and was selected as a guest ensemble at Northwest Missouri State University. A successful men's chorus has also been added. The all-school musical has been recognized as one of the top ten high school musicals in the state for the past four years. Groth is a winner of the 2019 Alice Buffett Outstanding Educator Award. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, The National Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. This is his eighth year at Burke and twelfth year of teaching. Go Bulldogs!