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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You have set the bar high

This morning was beautiful - cool, clear, sunny, breezy . . . and Memorial Day.

The morning grew even more beautiful when I read the following, an open letter to Sheppy Vann, retiring next month after 30 years of teaching and leading in our Preschool. It came from Dennis Cullen (Upper School Math Teacher, Math Department Chair, Varsity Boys and Girls Track and Cross Country Coach, and among the most astute appreciators around).

Enjoy the letter - and the far-reaching legacy of teachers who never stop learning.


Dear Sheppy,

On a late summer morning in 1990, I was in the teachers’ lounge at the 751 campus, putting something in the mailboxes of all the Middle School math teachers. Kevin, aged five, was with me. You walked in, carrying a few books. Kevin would be starting …

Posted by in Preschool, Upper School on Monday May 26, 2014
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