Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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The toughest job you'll ever love

Upper School Physics Teacher Lou Parry copied me on this message yesterday - yet more evidence of our faculty pulling students toward "happy, moral, productive lives." Click "read more" below to see a close-up picture of Mr. Parry in Fiji.

To my Students and Advisees,

53 years ago this month, in 1961, President Kennedy signed the Peace Corps into existence. He had no idea he was going to change my life forever that day. But he did.

It was an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to be a Peace Corps volunteer. Attached is a picture of Tovata Dorm from Queen Victoria School. I was the dorm supervisor with two other teachers. Tovata was one of four dormitories at QVS. Queen Victoria School is located in a very rural area of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji (no electricity, hot water, etc.). I taught physics and math at QVS.

Contrary to its portrayal in the media, and except for a couple tourist resorts, Fiji is a very poor country where most students do not get a chance to go to school beyond 9th grade (3rd Form).

In the picture I sorta stand (sit) out. I am the “Little White Guy” (a term of definite endearment given to me by all my Fijian friends on the faculty). I was even more proud to be surrounded by all my "Peeps." I LOVED THEM ALL. It was a beautiful 3 years…sharing their lives and their country.

I wanted to celebrate this “birthday" with you because I believe the Peace Corps is one of the truly noble things our great country does to help the world be a better place. I hope someday, some of you consider this path for yourself.

As Always…Peace,

Mr. P
Posted by in Upper School on Friday March, 21, 2014
Tag:  Lou Parry


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