Durham Academy Wins 2014 Carolina Parent Family-Friendly 50 Award
Posted 08/28/2014 11:43AM

DA Honored by Parenting Publications for Company Work-Life Balance

Durham Academy is known as an outstanding Pre-K through 12 independent school, but it’s also a company committed to supporting its faculty and staff as working parents. DA supports employees’ commitment to their families and their communities, and is dedicated to helping faculty and staff balance often-competing demands of work and family life. Durham Academy is honored to be named one of the top 50 family-friendly companies in North Carolina. DA is the only Triangle Independent Schools Consortium member to win the award.

For 15 years, Carolina Parenting Inc., the owner of Carolina Parent, Charlotte Parent and Piedmont Parent, has recognized North Carolina companies for actively supporting and encouraging working parents. Durham Academy was recognized as one of the 2014 N.C. Family-Friendly 50 for offering benefits including maternity and paternity leave as well as a paid leave plan, flexible work options, after-school and school holiday child care options, parenting or family support groups, and wellness programming. This was the first year DA submitted an application for consideration.

“Having been pulled back to DA in part by gratitude for the culture and community available to employee parents, I am glad to see us recognized in this public way. The school (from the Trustees to the Business manager to a recent faculty/staff task force) has worked hard to make sure our benefits compare well, both locally and nationally. The results are plain to see: high rates of faculty continuity, satisfaction, and loyalty – all of which leads to more generosity and care for students, families, and colleagues,” said Michael Ulku-Steiner, Durham Academy Head of School.

To be considered for this year’s N.C. Family-Friendly 50 award, Durham Academy submitted information about employee benefits and programs along with employee testimonials. Senior associate directors from the undergraduate and graduate business programs at UNC Kenan-Flager Business School in Chapel Hill reviewed this information, and the final list of honorees was determined in partnership with the business school.

“Work-life balance is built into the Durham Academy philosophy. We are a family of educators, administrators and helpers who take care of each other, and believe quite strongly in supporting work-life balance because it is what we live and breathe. Our generous paid leave programs present opportunities for employees to simply embrace life and navigate life challenges when they arise,” said Patti McLamb-Creed, Durham Academy Human Resource Generalist. 

“The DA community and this school, has really become an extension of our family. It’s our home away from home and this award seems like the perfect way to acknowledge that feeling,” added Dan Gilson, Durham Academy Director of Extended Day and Summer Programs, who helped nominate DA for the award.

What makes Durham Academy such a special place to work? Visit Careers at DA and hear faculty and staff describe their experiences supported by DA’s family-friendly philosophy.

Profiles for all 2014 N.C. Family-Friendly 50 companies and other highlights can be found at ncfamilyfriendly.com.


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