Welcome to the 2022-23 school year, Dragons!
We are excited to introduce you to our new Faculty & Staff, all of who you'll be sure to see when we return to campus in August.
Mandy - Preschool
Mandy will join our preschool teaching team for the 2022-23 school year and will be paired with Eman. She joins Duke School after working in early childhood education The Learning Trail and Montessori Day School in Chapel Hill. Mandy is excited to join Duke School's collaborative community of early childhood educators, to continue growing in her teaching journey, and to practice the project approach to learning. Mandy received her B.A. from Warren Wilson College and holds a master's from the University of Florida.
Molly - Preschool
Molly joins our preschool teaching team with over 15 years of experience in early childhood education, most recently at Family Preschool in Durham. She will be partnered with Catherine for the 2022-23 school year. Molly is the parent of a DS student ('24), and students may recognize her from her work producing our school yearbook for the past few years. Molly holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nate - Kindergarten
Nate will join our teaching team in the kindergarten paired with Leslie for the upcoming year. He has worked at the Studio School of Durham recently and is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. Nate holds a B.A. from Vassar College and is pursuing a master's at Wake Forest University. He is so excited to join Duke School's welcoming community and the encouragement towards curiosity, exploration, and creativity!
Gillian - First grade
Gillian will be teaching in the first grade alongside Carolynn for the 2022-23 school year. Most recently, she worked at the Hill Learning Center in Durham and is looking forward to joining our caring community at Duke School. Gillian holds a B.A. from Guilford College, and a master's from the Bank Street School of Education in New York.
Carlen - First grade
Carlen joins Duke School after teaching in Wake County at Horton's Creek Elementary School. She will join our first-grade teaching team and be paired with Janeia for the upcoming school year. Fun fact about Carlen: she is an identical twin, and she and her twin sister were born only a minute apart from each other. She holds a BEd from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Jenn - Second grade
Jenn will join our second-grade teaching team and be paired with Cynthia for the 2022-23 school year. She has worked in Independent Schools for over 15 years and was most recently an Early Childhood Teacher at Old Trail School in Akron, Ohio. She is relocating from Ohio with her family this summer and is excited to work at a school that encourages children to think independently and creatively and that there is a focus on building a kind and caring community. Jenn has a B.S. from Slippery Rock University, and a master's from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kira - Fifth-grade Science & Project
Kira joins Duke School with over 20 years of experience as an educator, most recently at The Family School in Los Olivos, California. Kira will teach Science and Project alongside her teammates in Team 5 for the 2022-23 school year and is looking forward to learning about our programs and people, discovering new challenges, and getting to work on such interesting projects. Kira holds a B.A. from New School University and a master's from SIT Graduate Institute.
Gen - Sixth-grade Math & Project
Gen and her family are moving to the area after living and teaching in Gastonia, North Carolina, most recently at Gaston Day School. Joining the team in Building C, Gen will teach Math and project this school year, drawing on her 15 years as an educator. Joining a strong community of learners, and especially about Project, is what drew Gen to work at Duke School because the world doesn't operate in bubbles with math, science, English, and history all separate." She holds a B.S. from Brown University, and a master's from the University of California, Berkeley.
Matt - Sixth-grade Language Arts & Project
We are excited to welcome Matt to the teaching team in our sixth-grade for the 2022-23 school year. Matt is relocating to the area from Massachusetts and, prior to that, many years teaching and living on the West Coast. After searching for a school that has created an environment that values a student's voice, encourages creativity, and partners with the whole community to foster learning, Matt discovered Duke School. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon, and a master's from Lesley University.
TJ - Seventh-grade Social Studies & Project
TJ and his family are relocating to the area after spending years living and teaching in the Washington, D.C. area. TJ will teach social studies and project in Building A with our seventh-grade teaching team this school year. What brought TJ to Duke School? The warmth and welcome energy he found when visiting and by the idea that Duke School is a community of learners - of all ages. He holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a master's from George Washington University.
Matthew - Eighth-grade Science & Project
Matthew comes to Duke School after teaching at Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, California. He will work with eighth-grade students for both science and project during the 2022-23 school year and is looking forward to joining a school that is truly committed to project-based learning and to progressive educational practices. Matthew holds a B.A. from Reed College, and a master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Be sure to say hello to one of our new teachers when you see them around campus this year. Welcome, all!