- Bachelor of Science UW-Milwaukee (2005)
- Master of Science UW-Milwaukee (2011)
David Pederson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, after eight years of service in both the U.S. Army and National Guard, and service in Operation Desert Storm. In 2011, he received a master's in curriculum and instruction from UW-Milwaukee and currently teaches a course in children's and young adult literature there. He was awarded the Outstanding First Year Teacher Award for the state of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English Language Arts for the 2005-2006 school year, and was recognized for inclusion in the 2006 edition of "Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators." At SJNMA, he previously served as an English teacher at the middle school level, the Middle School Department chair and yearbook advisor.