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Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 5:48:00 PM
Cindy Moore never doubted that she wanted to work with kids. "I was always a babysitter. I was always the person that the adults in my life left in charge of kids. I always have loved kids, even when I was a kid. I knew that I wanted to do something related to kids. I think I actually knew that it was either a psychologist or a pediatrician, and I was afraid of medical school."
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Harry Thomas always arrives a little early for Durham Academy commencement at UNC's Memorial Hall. It's not because he wants a seat down front. He's assured of that as a member of the Upper School faculty. He arrives early so he can visit a bench behind a building across the street from Memorial Hall, a bench where he sat in utter despair five years ago.
Posted Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 3:16:00 PM
A curious sight greeted Durham Academy Lower Schoolers at the beginning of this school year: a white "room" that materialized under their staircase while they'd been away for summer break. It didn't take long for this mysterious room to begin to take on a new appearance — a very colorful and creative one.
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 3:46:00 PM
Sarah Goldstein has an adventurous spirit: She likes to "try things that scare me a little bit." Sarah Goldstein has an adventurous spirit: She likes to "try things that scare me a little bit."
Posted Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 4:20:00 PM
Maintenance foreman Randy Baker has been working at Durham Academy for 37 years and is the father of a DA graduate, but were it not for a head poking around the corner of the business office, Baker wouldn't be here at all.
Posted Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 4:04:00 PM
Jean Coene was just 3½ years old when she began attending a small preschool within walking distance of her home in suburban Manila. It was run by Jesuit nuns, and her teacher set Coene on a path that would be her life's work.
Posted Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 11:17:00 AM
Karen Richardson doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing. One of her earliest musical memories is sitting at the dining room table with headphones on — a 4-year-old listening to her mom and dad's records of Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Ella Fitzgerald — "just singing to my heart's content" to music that only she could hear.
Posted Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 2:13:00 PM
Over time, school mission statements can calcify; words that still reflect important school principles and values can feel a bit disconnected from the lived experience of those in the community. This year, we deconstructed our mission statement, re-identified its component parts and created new art with it — and in the process, defined what a "moral, happy, productive" life looks like, during a student's time at DA ... and beyond.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 5:43:00 PM
Jordan Babwah knew he wanted to be a physical therapist since sixth grade. He even charted an 11-year plan for his path to physical therapy school. But that all changed two weeks into his job supervising the Durham Academy's new Upper School weight room.
Posted Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 12:25:00 PM
The new school year brought 16 new faculty and staff members to the Durham Academy community.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:42:00 PM
Susan Ellis played for UNC's legendary women's soccer team for four seasons and won four national championships, an impressive accomplishment that becomes downright jaw-dropping when you discover Ellis didn't set foot on a soccer field until her senior year in high school.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM
The gathering will honor fourth-grade teacher Tom Barry, PE teacher Judy Chandler, first-grade teacher Karen Lovelace and fourth-grade teaching assistant/Middle School library assistant Kathy McCord.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM
The Middle School community will hold a cupcake party to celebrate two departing faculty members — sixth-grade history teacher Doreen Johnson and Chinese teacher Amanda Zhu — on Wednesday, May 31.
Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 5:21:00 PM
Durham Academy alumna Sarah Treem '98 — an award-winning playwright and television showrunner — and Dennis Cullen — who has touched thousands of students' lives in his long career as an Upper School math teacher and cross country and track coach — have been honored with DA's Distinguished Alumni Award and Faculty & Staff Legacy Award, respectively. The awards were presented by the DA Alumni Board at the April 28 Spring Alumni Reception.
Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 5:13:00 PM
Indira Puri '12 is, in a word, extraordinary. As a student at Durham Academy, she was a National Merit Finalist, was inducted into Cum Laude as a junior and was named one of North Carolina's two U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2012. In February, the Stanford University senior earned one of school's most selective recognitions — the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. The award honors the top 25 graduating seniors in the School of Humanities and Sciences for their efforts and academic achievements throughout their undergraduate education.
Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 4:42:00 PM
Baseball and music were James Bohanek's loves when he was growing up in Staten Island, New York. He was a fixture on the baseball diamond from Little League to midway through high school. He played the piano from age 7, and his schoolmates knew him as a musician. But all of that changed when he discovered theater.
Posted Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 2:02:17 PM
Calculating the number of Durham Academy alumni whose lives have been positively affected by Dennis Cullen is a problem worthy of the veteran teacher's math classes.
Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 4:30:03 PM
Jessica Soler doesn't shy away from change. She thrives on it. "I find change exciting. I like to try different things."
Posted Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 3:42:15 PM
A moral, happy and productive life is Durham Academy's goal for all students — it's part of the school's mission statement — and kindergarten teacher Janet Hampton thinks happy belongs at the top of the list. She believes children need to be happy to learn and that they learn better when they are happy.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:51:00 PM
When Tim McKenna's basketball teams break at the end of practice or after a game, the players and coaches always say "family." Developing a sense of family is what it's all about for McKenna, whose 188 victories make him the winning-est coach in Durham Academy varsity boys basketball history.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:02:00 PM
Durham Academy second-grade teacher Abby Butler's students adore their 11th-grade buddies so much that they're already anticipating the sweet nostalgia of looking back on their times together years from now.
Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 5:17:00 PM
Texas-born and -bred Jeff Boyd envisioned a life in health care, and that's where he was headed. His path to teaching and to Durham Academy was anything but straight, but a series of "six degrees of separation" connections make it seem like Boyd was destined to be here.
Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 5:49:00 PM
Constanza de Radcliffe grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, speaking Spanish with her parents and younger sister. From age 4 to 18 she attended a nearby French school where all her subjects were taught in French. But she never took classes in English until she got to Davidson College, a top-10 U.S. liberal arts college, where she graduated with a degree in comparative literature.
Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 3:24:00 PM
Take a stroll around Durham Academy's campuses, and it's easy to see students consulting with teachers and classmates when working with new learning tools. It's a particularly common sight in Upper School teacher Julian Cochran's computer science lab as students literally put their heads together in front of laptops to solve the code conundrums of the day. And on Wednesday, students had the opportunity to consult with a couple of exceptionally qualified consultants: the founders of Trinket, a Durham-based open-source coding startup with which DA's computer science department is partnering.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 10:56:00 AM
As Durham Academy Middle School's librarian, Jennifer Longee is an avid reader. But over the past year, she's had her nose in a book even more often than usual, as she read and reviewed more than 100 nonfiction books with a very important purpose — helping to select the 2017 Young Adult Library Services Association's Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner.
Posted Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 4:18:00 PM
If you think a music teacher must have grown up immersed in music — taking piano or violin lessons before starting first grade, having a mom or dad who was a musician or music buff — you'd best think again if the music teacher is Luke Hoffman.
Posted Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 5:51:00 PM
For five years beginning in 1951, radio listeners were enraptured by the CBS program This I Believe, in which essayists — both well-known personalities and everyday people — were asked to pen "a statement of your personal beliefs, of the values which rule your thought and action."
Posted Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 5:00:00 PM
Victoria Muradi's earliest memory is hearing banging at the door of her Kabul home and opening it to see a blond, blue-eyed Russian soldier, Kalashnikov rifle slung over his shoulder, looking for her father.
Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 3:48:00 PM
There are more than 1,000 books in Avery Goldstein's classroom library, all kinds of books for all kinds of interests and all kinds of readers — from biographies of sports stars, to books about climate change, to a series Goldstein describes as a "The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor kind of story."
Posted Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 5:58:00 PM
Elizabeth Allan has had an adventurous spirit since she was no older than the kindergarten students she teaches at Durham Academy.
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