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
Mr. Dan's well-earned summer vacation starts tonight
Dan Gilson might be the most popular person at Durham Academy. Long-haired, open-hearted, and abundantly patient, “Mr. Dan” directs our Extended Day and Summer Programs.
During the school year, Dan is a joyful pied piper around our playgrounds and gyms and a skilled administrator in the office. During the summer, he orchestrates a stunning array of academic, arts, athletic, and enrichment camps for children from around the Triangle and beyond. Next month, he begins his tenure as a DA parent (his daughter will begin in Pre-K).
Today marked the final day of DA’s “Summer Adventure” programs. While thanking his teaching staff for all their work, Dan wrote,
“We had over 1100 children come through our camps this summer, representing over 800 families, many of whom were visiting Durham and/or our school for the first time. We had campers from all over the world including China, Korea, Germany, France and a variety of places across the state and country. Only 35% of our campers attend or will attend DA. For most of the rest, this was their first time really getting to experience our school.”
What luck for all those young visitors to be welcomed to our community by someone as inclusive, capable and positive as Mr. Dan.
...and Mr Dan does it all with grace, style, and laughter! Kudos, Dan. Cheers to a well-deserved summer break.
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