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-Steiner, Head of School
Sheppy's going-away present - to DA
Today on the DA Facebook page, First Grade Teacher/Filmmaker Rosemary Nye and our communications team posted the short story of Sheppy Vann's Ice Cream Social - a beautiful video about a beautiful woman doing beautiful work for the last 30 years. Click here to see the film.
In my column for the summer edition of the DA Record (due in mailboxes in a couple of weeks), I wrote about Sheppy, her trademark traits, and the ways in which she has shown us the path toward an even more caring, nimble, inclusive, and joyful learning community.
For now, let me just say this: those who wish to honor Sheppy can follow her instructions and make a donation to the Sheppy Vann Preschool Scholarship Fund, which aims to make the DA experience accessible to the widest range of children possible. We have raised approximately $200,000 toward our $250,000 goal - enough to permanently endow a full scholarship (or several partial scholarships) for deserving students. Click here to donate.
Any amount is welcome. As Sheppy puts it, "I just want the names on that list of donors to represent the diversity and depth of the community I love so much."
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