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Teresa Engebretsen
· March 7, 2018
DA is an amazing place. I found my dream job at 22 and still love teaching French in the middle school. 38 years and counting!!
Mary Vann
· March 7, 2018
I love Durham Academy and feel fortunate to have spent 30 years surrounded by hundreds of precious children. I had so many wonderful colleagues and enjoyed the friendship of some fabulous parents. My ...own children had great teachers and loved their time at DA-39 aggregate years! See More
Eileen M Thornton
· June 13, 2017
We are only here for summer camp, but this place is clearly amazing. I wish we had a school like this in Tampa!
Monica Newkirk
· December 13, 2013
My family, absolutely, adores DA!!! The staff and administrators are soo welcoming and kind with a Zeal to Teach each child... meeting their needs right where they are! My daughter wakes up each Excited to go to school to Adventure something NEW and Thrilling! The experience at DA has, many times, simply left us speechless! See More
Andrea Lukes
· April 26, 2017
I came to the upper school to watch the lip sync competition. Love Durham Academy!! Lee Hark is amazing.
Tammy Stone Brinkley
· April 22, 2017
I appreciate Durham,Academy Adminustration and students for there
participation in making the Special
Olympics happen. We as parents and grandparents are sincerely grearful.,
Thank you all.
Melanie Cook
· January 15, 2017
Wonderful students, parents, faculty and administrators.
I've worked part time here for five years couldn't ask for anymore !
Alex Skarulis
· October 12, 2016
Some of the best teachers/professors I experienced anywhere. Great class sizes.
Julian Phifer
· April 22, 2017
My son and I had a GREAT TIME at the Special Olympics'! It was our first time. Our Special Buddy Davis was AWESOME!!!
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Karl Schaefer FLL Coach/Mentor Award
WOW! With more than $100,000 raised and more than 700 gifts (more than double our original goal), what more is there to say? Thank you! And keep going!

Preschool music/Lower School drama teacher Elizabeth South is looking forward to hosting a Princess Party for one lucky student and a few friends! This opportunity is available via the Online Auction, set for April 4 to 7, and it's one of many "Teacher Treasures" packages.

A few others include a hiking adventure with Virginia Hall, a quilting experience with Ashley Hinton, guitar lessons with Luke Hoffman, and a showdown with Middle School faculty. Check them all out at

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Veterinarian Dr. Chuck Miller has been visiting Durham Academy Preschool for more than 20 years, educating Preschoolers about animals large and small.

This week, Preschoolers learned that cats and dogs have a 60-day gestation period, snakes are both oviparous (lay eggs) and viviparous (give live birth) and that you can tell whether an elephant comes from Africa or Asia by the shape of its ears.

Dr. Chuck and Lauren Wright, an assistant at Triangle Veterinary Hospital, three exotic animals with them: a bearded dragon lizard, a Dumeril's boa and an albino Burmese python that has grown a foot since it visited the Preschool last year.

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We and the crayons (from the inspiration for this year's theme, the book "The Day the Crayons Quit") cannot wait for the Online Auction! The auction is set for April 4-7; until then, the crayons will help highlight a few of this year's offerings — like the "Cardiologist for the Day" experience with Dr. Svati Shah.

There's also "Robotics Scientist for the Day" with Dr. Missy Cummings; "Veterinarian for the Day" with Drs. Cindy and Will Eward; and "Dentist for the Day" with Dr. Avni Rampersaud. Check out these and other student experiences at

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Congratulations to Lyn Streck, Lower School science teacher and newly published author! Science Scope_NSTA published an article she wrote with Dr. Tom Sinclair of N.C. State University's Crop and Soil Sciences Department in its March 2018 issue.

The article — "Could 'The Martian' Really Have Grown Potatoes for Food?" — describes an experiment that Streck and Sinclair (grandfather of a DA student) did with DA third- and fourth-graders last spring. Read all about it in Science Scope:

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The 11th annual WISER A Cappella Jam is returning to the place where it all started — the Durham Academy campus — after rocking downtown Durham's Carolina Theatre for the past couple of years. The concert — featuring groups from Chapel Hill, UNC and DA — is set for Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.

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Parents Association's Online Auction begins two weeks from today! From April 4 to 7, you can bid on awesome weekend getaways, beach vacations, sporting events and memorabilia, class art projects, fun experiences with favorite teachers and more. Prior to April 4, be sure to create your profile for the auction and get a sneak peek at the available items at

For more info on how to get ready for the Online Auction, see

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Congrats to the seven DA juniors who have been selected to attend Governor's School of North Carolina's 2018 program!

- Joseph Walston (Art)
- Bella Kim (Art)
- Eleanor Robb (French)...
- Emily Kohn (French)
- Angel Knight (Natural Science)
- Emily Holmes (Social Science)
- Sarah Farrin (Theater)

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For 11 years, the highlight of the year for many sixth-graders has been the "My Hero" project, in which students create pop-up books to honor special people in their lives. This year's sixth-graders have been hard at work on their books with artist-in-residence Peg Gignoux, and they're almost ready to present their work to the world.

The opening reception for the books will be held Saturday at FRANK, Franklin Street Arts Collective in Chapel Hill (at a new location in Univer...sity Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive). The drop-in event, set for 3 to 6 p.m., will include a make-and-take workshop.

After the reception, the books will move to the Middle School Board Room, where they will be on display from Tuesday, March 27, until Friday, March 30, in early afternoon.

Here's a little peek at last year's opening reception:

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Each year, Durham Academy sixth-graders pay tribute to the heroes in their lives with "My Hero" books — pop-up books created with mixed-media techniques…

Joining the hundreds of thousands of students who walked out of classrooms across the country last week, many DA Middle Schoolers briefly left their classrooms this morning for 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The display of solidarity was entirely student-organized.

Last week's nationwide walkout took place during DA's spring break; prior to the break, DA Upper Schoolers organized their own walkout.

View more photos from the Middle School walkout at

Welcome back from what we hope has been a rejuvenating spring break! The break was full of new experiences for the students who traveled on school-organized trips to France (both Middle School and Upper School trips), Spain (Middle School) and Kenya (Upper School).

This was the first year of the Kenya trip, which was organized in conjunction with WISER, an organization founded at Duke University to improve the health and education of women in the Muhuru Bay area of Kenya. DA...'s student-run WISER Club has been active for many years, raising thousands of dollars to support WISER's goals. The experience of being in Muhuru Bay, getting to know the WISER girls and their families, was incredible for our students. View more photos from the Kenya trip at

The France and Spain trips have been hallmarks of DA's international travel program for many years and were once again highlighted by wonderful people, incredible food and breathtaking sights. View more photos on the DA Global Tumblr: (Middle School Spain); (Middle School France); and (Upper School France).

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Don't miss your chance to score tickets to country music's biggest night! The winner of the Online Auction's raffle will receive two VIP tickets to the 2018 Country Music Awards and Post Party in Nashville. Just 100 raffle tickets are available at $100 each and are going quickly, so get yours today.

If you haven't had a chance to dive into the latest Durham Academy Magazine, be sure to check out the package of stories on the Middle School's new approach to service learning — including a story by Middle School Director Jon Meredith, reflections from seventh-grade students, and an hour-by-hour accounting of one eighth-grade advisory's experience.

Durham Academy Magazine is published twice a year by Durham Academy, a pre-K to 12 co-ed independent school in Durham, North Carolina.

Work up a sweat for a great cause on Saturday, March 24, at the DA Zumba Club’s Zumbathon fundraiser for Durham County Special Olympics! This year's Zumbathon is set for 3 to 5 p.m. at the Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 West Murray Ave., Durham). Zumbathon is open to the public, and general admission is $15 (Special Olympics athletes can participate for $5). Come out, whether you want to Zumba for the full two hours, or just fit in a quick 30-minute workout.

The Zumba Club will also hold a raffle for Chick-Fil-A, Target, Amazon and Barnes & Noble gift cards, as well as a gift basket of toys and other items. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each.

Serving as diplomats from France, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United States, and serving on committees including UNESCO, UN Women, and Interpol, several Upper Schoolers recently practiced the art of diplomacy at the Model United Nations event at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Participants included Julian Adler, Asher Fields, Justin Florence, Renee George, Lana Kalfas, Aram Lindroth, Eamon McKeever, Gavin Schulz, Matt Schwartz, Will Schwartz and Carlton zum Brunnen.

Students receiving awards included Eamon and Julian, who were honored as Best Delegate for their committee; and Carlton, Renee and Lana, who were honored with Verbal Commendation for their committees.

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Help Durham Academy Summer Programs repeat as Best Summer Camp in Durham in Indy Week's Best of the Triangle reader poll! The nomination period is open through April 8. #INDYBOTT2018

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