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Posted Thursday, Mar 1, 2018 5:04:29 PM
Karl Schaefer views his life as "a long, circular path," from childhood on a farm in Wisconsin to home now on a 10-acre farm in Efland. Along the way he has been a railroad worker in the Midwest, dipped ice cream in Massachusetts and sold Toyotas in Kansas before finding his way to North Carolina as a teacher.
Posted Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 11:59:00 AM
Jazmin Garcia Smith was the first in her family to be born in the United States and the first to graduate from high school, and there was no doubt "college was something that was expected of me." She went to the University of Notre Dame, a school that "was the absolute right fit for me socially and academically," and since 2015 she has helped students navigate the college admissions process as Durham Academy's co-director of college counseling. And partly because of the college counseling program, DA students experience something vastly different than what Garcia Smith went through in applying to college.
Posted Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 4:33:00 PM
You wouldn't think the words "professional development" would have educators literally jumping up and down with excitement about sacrificing part of their weekend. But Edcamp inspires that kind of reaction.
Posted Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 4:07:00 PM
When Kristin Stroupe picks up her iPhone, two faces smile back at her: Stroupe's own beaming face and the equally beaming face of her high school coach and mentor, Leigh Cooper Wallace. She helped change the course of Stroupe's life and inspired her to impact the lives of others.
Posted Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 6:30:00 PM
The Durham Academy community is thrilled to welcome Kristen Klein, who will serve as assistant head of school beginning July 1.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 5:00:00 PM
Culminating 13 months of research with the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP), Upper School science teacher Howard Lineberger helped present the results of his team's work at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January in Washington, D.C. NITARP partners small groups of largely high school educators with mentor professional astronomers for original research projects.
Posted Monday, Jan 22, 2018 7:28:00 PM
Kristen Klein will serve as Durham Academy's next assistant head of school, Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner announced on Monday. Klein, who now serves as Upper School director at Pittsburgh's Winchester Thurston School, will begin her tenure at DA July 1, 2018.
Posted Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 10:11:00 AM
Elizabeth Lyle teaches art and cooking at Durham Academy Preschool. She works to foster an environment in which her "capable little humans" can safely make mistakes and push through those challenges to find success.
Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 5:48:00 PM
Cindy Moore never doubted that she wanted to work with kids. "I was always a babysitter. I was always the person that the adults in my life left in charge of kids. I always have loved kids, even when I was a kid. I knew that I wanted to do something related to kids. I think I actually knew that it was either a psychologist or a pediatrician, and I was afraid of medical school."
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 4:00:00 PM
Harry Thomas always arrives a little early for Durham Academy commencement at UNC's Memorial Hall. It's not because he wants a seat down front. He's assured of that as a member of the Upper School faculty. He arrives early so he can visit a bench behind a building across the street from Memorial Hall, a bench where he sat in utter despair five years ago.
Posted Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 3:16:00 PM
A curious sight greeted Durham Academy Lower Schoolers at the beginning of this school year: a white "room" that materialized under their staircase while they'd been away for summer break. It didn't take long for this mysterious room to begin to take on a new appearance — a very colorful and creative one.
Posted Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 3:46:00 PM
Sarah Goldstein has an adventurous spirit: She likes to "try things that scare me a little bit." Sarah Goldstein has an adventurous spirit: She likes to "try things that scare me a little bit."
Posted Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 4:20:00 PM
Maintenance foreman Randy Baker has been working at Durham Academy for 37 years and is the father of a DA graduate, but were it not for a head poking around the corner of the business office, Baker wouldn't be here at all.
Posted Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 4:04:00 PM
Jean Coene was just 3½ years old when she began attending a small preschool within walking distance of her home in suburban Manila. It was run by Jesuit nuns, and her teacher set Coene on a path that would be her life's work.
Posted Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 11:17:00 AM
Karen Richardson doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing. One of her earliest musical memories is sitting at the dining room table with headphones on — a 4-year-old listening to her mom and dad's records of Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Ella Fitzgerald — "just singing to my heart's content" to music that only she could hear.
Posted Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 2:13:00 PM
Over time, school mission statements can calcify; words that still reflect important school principles and values can feel a bit disconnected from the lived experience of those in the community. This year, we deconstructed our mission statement, re-identified its component parts and created new art with it — and in the process, defined what a "moral, happy, productive" life looks like, during a student's time at DA ... and beyond.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 5:43:00 PM
Jordan Babwah knew he wanted to be a physical therapist since sixth grade. He even charted an 11-year plan for his path to physical therapy school. But that all changed two weeks into his job supervising the Durham Academy's new Upper School weight room.
Posted Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 12:25:00 PM
The new school year brought 16 new faculty and staff members to the Durham Academy community.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:42:00 PM
Susan Ellis played for UNC's legendary women's soccer team for four seasons and won four national championships, an impressive accomplishment that becomes downright jaw-dropping when you discover Ellis didn't set foot on a soccer field until her senior year in high school.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM
The gathering will honor fourth-grade teacher Tom Barry, PE teacher Judy Chandler, first-grade teacher Karen Lovelace and fourth-grade teaching assistant/Middle School library assistant Kathy McCord.
Posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM
The Middle School community will hold a cupcake party to celebrate two departing faculty members — sixth-grade history teacher Doreen Johnson and Chinese teacher Amanda Zhu — on Wednesday, May 31.
Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 5:21:00 PM
Durham Academy alumna Sarah Treem '98 — an award-winning playwright and television showrunner — and Dennis Cullen — who has touched thousands of students' lives in his long career as an Upper School math teacher and cross country and track coach — have been honored with DA's Distinguished Alumni Award and Faculty & Staff Legacy Award, respectively. The awards were presented by the DA Alumni Board at the April 28 Spring Alumni Reception.
Posted Thursday, May 4, 2017 5:13:00 PM
Indira Puri '12 is, in a word, extraordinary. As a student at Durham Academy, she was a National Merit Finalist, was inducted into Cum Laude as a junior and was named one of North Carolina's two U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2012. In February, the Stanford University senior earned one of school's most selective recognitions — the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. The award honors the top 25 graduating seniors in the School of Humanities and Sciences for their efforts and academic achievements throughout their undergraduate education.
Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 4:42:00 PM
Baseball and music were James Bohanek's loves when he was growing up in Staten Island, New York. He was a fixture on the baseball diamond from Little League to midway through high school. He played the piano from age 7, and his schoolmates knew him as a musician. But all of that changed when he discovered theater.
Posted Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 2:02:17 PM
Calculating the number of Durham Academy alumni whose lives have been positively affected by Dennis Cullen is a problem worthy of the veteran teacher's math classes.
Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 4:30:03 PM
Jessica Soler doesn't shy away from change. She thrives on it. "I find change exciting. I like to try different things."
Posted Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 3:42:15 PM
A moral, happy and productive life is Durham Academy's goal for all students — it's part of the school's mission statement — and kindergarten teacher Janet Hampton thinks happy belongs at the top of the list. She believes children need to be happy to learn and that they learn better when they are happy.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:51:00 PM
When Tim McKenna's basketball teams break at the end of practice or after a game, the players and coaches always say "family." Developing a sense of family is what it's all about for McKenna, whose 188 victories make him the winning-est coach in Durham Academy varsity boys basketball history.
Posted Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 5:02:00 PM
Durham Academy second-grade teacher Abby Butler's students adore their 11th-grade buddies so much that they're already anticipating the sweet nostalgia of looking back on their times together years from now.
Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 5:17:00 PM
Texas-born and -bred Jeff Boyd envisioned a life in health care, and that's where he was headed. His path to teaching and to Durham Academy was anything but straight, but a series of "six degrees of separation" connections make it seem like Boyd was destined to be here.
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