Durham Academy Magazine Winter 2019


Ben Michelman

Salad on the floor, beef stew on bus seats, grease-stained shirts, torn paper flower decorations — these were some of the messes made by the seventh-grade class as they planned, shopped for, cooked and served a meal for 250 people in the community café at Urban Ministries of Durham.

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Cavalier Capstones

The school year had barely begun, but ninth- through 11th-graders were already thinking about what they would be doing the last week of the school year. No, it wasn’t exams — final exams would be completed by then. Rather, Upper Schoolers were studying the 40-page Cavalier Capstone Catalog and deciding which of the 30 experiences interested them.

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Life-Changing Adventure

An exchange with students from Spain proved truly life-changing for Helen Morgan ’15. Helen and her father, Frank Morgan, talked about their experience with the program and why it was so important to them. The program continued through fall 2018 with a visit from Spanish students. DA students will have opportunities to travel to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in the future.

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Jake Kavanagh, Upper School Technical Theater Director

Jake Kavanagh’s design résumé may read like a who’s who in the worlds of athletics, arts and entertainment, but the thrill of the bright lights couldn’t hold a candle to his calling to teach, and that’s what brought Kavanagh to Durham Academy in 2016. In DA’s technical theater course, he teaches “lighting, sound, set construction, learning about the structure of the theater, everything that sort of happens backstage, everything outside of what Mr. [James] Bohanek is teaching on stage in terms of acting.”

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Bridges Math

It has been said that when your values are clear, making decisions become easier. For several years, Lower School teachers at Durham Academy have been researching and defining our values for math education for our students. From this work, Lower School teachers — through conversations and collaboration — have identified a math curriculum that best reflects what we believe to be optimal teaching practices for math instruction in our Lower School.

Read More about Values Guide New Math Program in the Lower School
Lower School Classroom

Increased time for literacy and math instruction and more time to serve the social-emotional needs of students are two of the driving factors behind Durham Academy’s decision to lengthen the kindergarten school day beginning in August 2019. While the kindergarten day will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the pre-kindergarten schedule will remain the same, running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read More about Kindergarten School Day to Lengthen in 2019–2020
Hallway whiteboards in the Upper School STEM wing

The following provides a snapshot of the DA Campus Plan in action: a student lens on the STEM wing’s first few months in operation; designs for the upcoming humanities wing and what will become the double-decker building’s former footprint; and a comprehensive reimagining of the Middle School. With each phase, DA opens the doors to 21st century excellence, inspiring new generations of teachers and students.

Read More about DA’s Blueprint for the Future Comes to Life
Nick Gallo ’06

It’s a dream come true — he has a job that revolves around sports and has given him the chance to visit Istanbul, Manchester, Barcelona, Madrid and Mexico City, along with NBA cities all over the U.S. Gallo is a sideline reporter for the Thunder’s regional television games on Fox Sports Oklahoma; provides written and video reporting for okcthunder.com and the team’s various social platforms; and works as a producer.

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Terence Hsieh '07

Moving to China after graduating from college, 2007 Durham Academy graduate Terence Hsieh’s life is immersed in music — from directing the jazz program at the International School of Beijing and releasing his debut jazz album, to leading a pop cover band and playing keyboards, trombone and trumpet with some of China’s biggest pop singers.

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Hall family cross-country championship

The first to sprint across the finish line at the waterlogged 2018 state cross-country meet, Allison Hall ’24 set the stage for the Durham Academy girls team to win the squad’s first title in 22 years. And for longtime observers of DA cross-country, her performance brought to mind a pair of impressive state meet performances 30 years ago — when Hall’s father and mother placed first and seventh, respectively.

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Susan Easterling '00

As a structural engineer, Susan Easterling ’00 experiences the satisfaction of contributing to a vision becoming reality, and she’s proud to have been a part of buildings all around the Bull City — including Durham Academy’s own STEM and Humanities Center. As president of one of the few woman-owned engineering businesses in the Triangle, she strives to balance work with being mom to her two young children — and to live each day to its fullest.

Read More about Susan Knott Easterling ’00
Nicole Bollerslev Fox '06 running

Durham Academy taught Nico Bollerslev Fox to always try to do her best. She took that lesson to heart, vowing “good things come to people that work hard.” That has led her professionally to a career in advertising analytics in New York City and personally to complete the six Abbott World Marathon Majors — running New York, Chicago, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo and London — before turning 30. “It was the hottest London marathon day on record," she said of her last race, on April 22.

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Durham Academy’s biannual magazine was first published in 1974. The magazine features articles written by various members of the DA community, including faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and students. 

We want to hear from you! If you are interested in writing for a future edition of Durham Academy Magazine, want to pitch a story idea or provide feedback, please contact Editor Kathy McPherson at kathy.mcpherson@da.org.


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