Faculty and Staff

Durham Academy’s faculty is an outstanding, highly trained group of skilled professionals who understand child learning and development. Our teachers work as a team, sharing insights as well as curricular goals. As a result, our program builds in interesting ways from one level to the next. DA recognizes its faculty for innovative approaches to education and commitment to students beyond the classroom through the annual F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award.

Teachers have small classes, professional freedom and the independence they need to design and implement challenging learning activities that reflect the abilities and interests of their students. Durham Academy teachers set high standards for students in every arena, and they truly want each child to succeed. They are committed to being accessible, to using dynamic teaching strategies and to connecting with students both in and out of the classroom.

Get to know a few of our faculty members via a growing collection of faculty profiles.

Role Faculty & Staff
First Name
Last Name
Class Year
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Willetha Barnette
Development Office
Gifts Administrator
B.A., North Carolina Central University
Email  |  profile
Forrest Beck
Technology Support Office
Upper School Computer Science & Robotics Faculty
Upper School Faculty
Network Manager, Robotics, Upper School
B.S., East Carolina University
Email  |  profile
Anne Benson
Technology Support Office
Technology & Systems Support Specialist
B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Email  |  profile
Gerald Benson
Administrative Committee
Business Office
Director of Business Services
B.A., University of Michigan
M.B.A., University of Michigan
Email  |  profile
Tina Bessias | 1978
Upper School English Faculty
Upper School Faculty
English, Upper School
B.A., Yale University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Jeff Biersach
Upper School English Faculty
Upper School Faculty
English, Upper School
B.A., Williams College
M.A., Cornell University
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Pete Blackwell
Facilities Staff
Groundsman, Ridge Road Campus
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Eric Block
Lower School Faculty
Preschool Faculty
Preschool Physical Education Faculty
Physical Education, Preschool and Lower School
Coach, Middle School Girls Volleyball
Coach, Middle School Girls Soccer
Coach, Middle School Boys Soccer
B.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.S., Old Dominion University
James Bohanek
Academic Leaders
Upper School Faculty
Upper School Fine Arts Faculty
Drama, Upper School, Fine Arts
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Brooklyn College
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Jeff Boyd
Diversity Team
Middle School Faculty
Middle School History Faculty
Middle School Language Arts Faculty
LA/Hisory, Middle School, Diversity Coord.
A.B., Brown University
Ed.M., Harvard University
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