Dave Kinstle
Math, Science


BA in Zoology
University of California, Berkeley

Dave Kinstle holds a BA in Zoology with an emphasis in Natural History, from UC Berkeley, granted in 1971. He began teaching at Maybeck in 1972. At Maybeck, Dave has taught Vertebrate Evolution, Conceptual Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Film Making, Silkscreen, Stage Design, Boat Building, Geometry, Algebra I, and Paleontology. Dave has led 30 years of bike trips for the students at Maybeck. These trips include Berkeley to Yosemite, Berkeley to Moro Bay, Moro Bay to San Diego, Berkeley to Lake Mendocino, Berkeley to Humboldt Redwood State Park, and Washington, DC to Boston. He has led more than 65 tours. He has organized the Full Moon Backpacking Club. His special programs have included cross-country skiing in Crested Butte, CO; travel to Baja California; Oaxaca, Mexico; Yucatan, Mexico; Belize; Costa Rica; Guatemala; Honduras; Madrid, Spain; and the Mojave Desert. Dave is committed to taking students on bike tours and foreign travel because he believes these experiences open doors of independence for them that are life-long. Many of his students continue to travel after graduation.

Outside of school Dave has been a full-time volunteer with the California Academy of Sciences in 1972, the biological Control Division of UC Berkeley in 1974, and the Berkeley Repertory Theater for the summer of 1984. Dave took a sabbatical from Maybeck in 1981 to sail a 40-foot yawl from Puerto Rico to Antigua. His other interests include archaeology, paleoanthropology, cultural Maya, and bugs. He is an avid collector of human and natural artifacts.