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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Jordan Adair
Upper School English
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.A., Middlebury College
M.A., Northeastern University
919-489-6569 x6301 (School)
Email  |  profile
John Adams
Middle School Mandarin Chinese
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A., Middlebury College
919-489-9118 x4346 (School)
Email  |  profile
Kim Aitken
Middle School Math
Seventh Grade Team Leader
B.A., Duke University
M.A.T., Duke University
919-489-9118 x4303 (School)
Email  |  profile
Kim Allison
Lower School Infirmary
919-489-3400 x2301 (School)
Email  |  profile
Mercedes Almodovar
Lower School Spanish
Lower School Foreign Language Academic Leader
B.A., University of Puerto Rico
919-489-3400 x2302 (School)
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Jordan Babwah
Upper School Fitness Director
Upper School Physical Education Academic Leader
B.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
919-489-6569 x6349 (School)
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Martha Baker
Lower School Counselor
B.S., East Carolina University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
919-489-3400 x2303 (School)
Email  |  profile
Randy Baker
Foreman, Ridge Road Campus
919-489-3400 x2173 (School)
Email  |  profile
Willetha Barnette
Gifts Administrator
B.A., North Carolina Central University
919-489-6569 x6146 (School)
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Forrest Beck
Network Manager, Upper School Robotics
B.S., East Carolina University
919-287-1718 (School)
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Anne Benson
Technology & Systems Support Specialist
B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
919-489-6569 x6164 (School)
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Gerald Benson
Director of Business Services
B.A., University of Michigan
M.B.A., University of Michigan
919-489-6569 x6134 (Work)
Tina Bessias | 1978
Upper School English
B.A., Yale University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
919-489-6569 x6302 (School)
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Jeff Biersach
Upper School English
B.A., Williams College
M.A., Cornell University
919-489-6569 x6303 (School)
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Pete Blackwell
Groundsman, Ridge Road Campus
919-489-9118 x4501 (School)
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Eric Block
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
919-489-3400 x2305 (School)
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James Bohanek
Upper School Drama
Upper School Fine Arts Academic Leader
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Brooklyn College
919-489-6569 x6304 (School)
Email  |  profile
Jeff Boyd
Middle School History
Middle School Diversity Coordinator
Eighth Grade Team Leader
Assistant Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Enrollment Management Counselor
A.B., Brown University
Ed.M., Harvard University
919-489-9118 x4301 (School)
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Gary Brichford
Foreman, Academy Road Campus
919-489-9118 x4172 (School)
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Janet Briggs
Accounts Payable and Payroll Administrator
B.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
919-489-6569 x6132 (School)
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