The Educators Institute at Duke School

Educators Institute Presenters

Kathy Bartelmay has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and academically gifted teacher in public school and is currently the curriculum director at Duke School. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops regarding reading and writing workshops and The Project Approach. In 2009, Kathy joined the Project Approach Teacher Education Network (PATEN), a group of educators who work alongside Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard to offer consulting, support and workshops to teachers worldwide.
Jenny Murray has worked in Project Approach classrooms ranging from pre-school through seventh grade. In addition to her many years in the classroom, Jenny is an experienced staff developer and administrator. Her training includes work with the Project Approach Institute, The Buck Institute and High Tech High. Jenny is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, and as Duke School’s Middle School director, specializes in middle school curriculum and using project work as a means to help students meet rigorous curriculum standards and goals.
Marilyn Ornstein has been teaching almost continuously since she received her bachelor's in early childhood education from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1963. Before coming to North Carolina in 1973, she taught second grade in New York, second and third grade in Wisconsin, and preschool in New Jersey. After teaching for five years in a Durham preschool, Marilyn joined Duke School’s faculty in 1981. In 2011, Marilyn retired from the classroom at Duke School, but has continued as a consultant at the school, working primarily on project work with teachers in preschool and kindergarten. She also consults and presents workshops on a variety of topics, including using the Project Approach with young children.  
Katie Ree, Duke School's innovation director is an educator, maker, designer, and artist. She has over 15 years of experience crafting innovative teaching and learning experiences in elementary and middle schools, including the founding and running of a Makers Club for the last five years. Her experience in educational technology and innovation includes chairing an international board on innovative learning technologies, working in an international school, as well as conference planning and presenting.

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