Fluvanna Faces: David Small

By Madeline Otten

Where do you live?

  • “I live in Fluvanna County.”

How long have you lived in Fluvanna County? What brought you here?

  • “26 years, teaching jobs brought us here.”

Tell us about your family.

  • “My wife is Stephanie and my two children and Erin and Conner.”

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

  • “A rock ‘n’ roll drummer.”

What was your very first job?

  • “An actor with Colonial National Park. I portrayed a British officer at Yorktown in Moore House.”

What do you do for a living?

  • “I am a teacher at Fluvanna County High School. I teach television production and leadership.”
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • “Stephanie and I love to go birding. We discovered a few year ago, and it is something we both really enjoy doing. It gets us out together in nature and it is kind of like a scavenger hunt! I also love to camp, hike, cave, kayak, and play guitar.”

What is one food that you could never live without? What is one you can never bring yourself to eat?

  • “Could not live without peanut butter. I do not think I would be partial to crickets.”

If there was a zombie apocalypse, who are three people you would want on your team?

  • I would bring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and my brother Jimmy. We would play music together.”

What are your three favorite movies?

  • “’Roman Holiday’ – Peck and Hepburn interplay, ‘This is Spinal Tap’ – it goes to eleven, and ‘Nacho Libre’ – always up for a little taste of glory.”

Which is better – a novel or a movie?

  • “I am a film buff, so I would go with that. I love the collaborative nature of film.”

What fictional character do you wish you could meet and why?

  • “Wile E. Coyote. I would advise him…that it is a fruitless effort.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

  • “A trusted friend once told me, ‘It’s not about you.’”

What pivotal decision helped to shape your life?

  • “The choice to follow Christ.”

Tell us about a way you have changed over the years.

  • “My wisdom definitely has increased.”

What has surprised you about your life?

  • “That I can find peace in stressful situations.”

What’s one thing you hope to accomplish before you die?

  • “I will take it day by day…I love the idea of traveling life’s road with all of its twists and turns. So I guess to meet lots of interesting people on the journey.”

Tell us about one of your regrets.

  • “I wish I had learned to speak Spanish when I was young.”

Tell us about your proudest moment.

  • “Taking Conner and Erin on their first long hikes.”

Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?


  • “I love to camp up in Canada with my family. It has miles and miles of wilderness.”

When you are having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

  • “I take a walk in the woods.”

What quote or saying do you connect with most? Why do you like it?

  • “’Behold!’ I remember sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon as the sun fell one evening and a small butterfly landed in my foreground…and with all the vast natural beauty around, that small butterfly was something to behold. I like moments like that.”

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